Digital doctors: Will technology help or harm?-- SS
Sept. 4, 2011
BRADENTON -- At Blake Medical Center, the prognosis for pen and paper is poor: Doctors’ traditional tools for tracking cases and ordering medications and procedures are being phased out in favor of computers.
... Blake [Medical Center], which has been building its EHR system for years, launched a feature in April for doctors to enter their daily progress notes electronically. In June, it added a feature for ordering medications and procedures via computer. It’s part of a national push, called hCare, by Blake’s parent company HCA.
But many doctors were reluctant to give up their pens. More than 100 staff physicians signed a letter asking for the computerization project to be put on hold, saying the system is cumbersome and likely to induce errors.
Sept. 19 addendum:
A major motivator for ignoring the physicians' warnings at this HCA (Hospital Corp. of America) hospital may be financial. See my Aug. 2011 post "Why EHR's Are Mission Hostile."