I just came across an interesting infographic featuring the differences between electronic health records (EHR) and traditional paper-based medical records. What do you think?
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My friend, John W. Sharp just published a great slideshow about electronic medical records and personal health records from the social media aspect. A must see:
I guess you’ve heard the news:
Google is giving up on its vision of helping people live healthier lives with online personal health records.
When Google Health was introduced in 2008, Marissa Mayer, a Google executive, said it would be a “large ongoing initiative” that the company hoped would attract millions of regular users.
But Google Health never really caught on.
Well, I know it’s easy to say now, but I wasn’t that surprised. After the first steps, and after years of hard work, Google Health failed to make a real impact on healthcare. When I read the news, an old blog entry of mine came to my mind:
Expecting Google Health to change healthcare is something like expecting Wikipedia to substitute all encyclopaedias in the world…
Some great pieces on this issue:
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For a moment, let’s throw out the talk of any government incentives for implementing electronic health records (EHR). Everyone tends to focus on the incentives much more than the other very real benefits of having an EHR system. A number of providers have implemented EMR systems even before the incentives were announced. Most of those providers would never want to return to paper systems again. Here are a few non-incentive related reasons for implementing an EMR system.
If we take a look at the biggest medical technology blogs right now, we will find dozens of articles and entries focusing on the issues related to electronic medical records. While the video below is actually an advertisement, it still can summarize the main problems around EMRs properly.
The best medical blog out there, Medgadget.com, has recently covered the TEDMED 2009 conference and they have been sharing video interviews with us for weeks. One of the most interesting interviews is about Shareable Ink. It might make it easier for hospitals and practices worldwide to create electronic medical records systems while still using paper solutions. For example, in Hungary, in some cases doctors must print reports and sign those by hand because of the legal regulations. But with Shareable Ink, it seems there is light in the tunnel.
Shareable Ink® delivers enterprise-grade digital pen and paper solutions for healthcare. In contrast to traditional keyboard-based systems, the Shareable Ink approach offers the fastest and most natural data input method without disrupting familiar workflows. Shareable Ink effortlessly captures all the information written on paper forms using a specialized ball point pen. As no software is installed onsite, Shareable Ink is suitable for any size organization, from the solo practitioner to the healthcare enterprise.
I do clinical rotation now before graduating in August so I can see how healthcare works at least in Hungary from inside. I see how much administrative work a doctor must do day by day. And even if the switch might be painful, we need to use electronic medical records.
Anyway I think e-patients will use personal health records sooner than doctors start using EMRs.
(Via WSJ Health)