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    Physicians need immediate relief from patient data disconnect

    Physicians’ ongoing struggle to gain much-needed patient data is just that: ongoing.

    As we enter 2018, experts say progress has been made on the path to electronic health record (EHR) interoperability, but the data traffic jam still exists daily for doctors.


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    In the fee-for-service days, lack of interoperability was a nuisance. PDF files, faxes and even printouts sent via mail had to be input into EHRs to complete the overview of a patient’s status. Now, with value-based care, those same inconveniences largely still exist, but missing data results in missing money as physicians can’t prove the quality of care they are providing.

    We wouldn’t put up with this elsewhere in our digital lives. If your bank told you that in order to use an ATM, you’d have to get in a queue as it gets the necessary information together, you would switch banks. If Gmail told you an email would process after it got permission from Yahoo to deliver it to that user’s inbox, you’d stop using Gmail. 

    Doctors are trapped in a digital dungeon created by the healthcare industry.

    FURTHER READING: Putting process over patients hurts healthcare

    And in a climate where doctors face an onslaught of stressors to simply improve patient care, it’s time to get the best minds together to free up time, energy and needed information about those in their care.

    We’ve all heard the rumblings that Apple is preparing to wade into the murky patient record waters, and perhaps other Silicon Valley competitors and Microsoft will follow. CNBC recently reported that the creator of the iPhone was indeed working on a top-secret medical record product, but is stymied in its progress by one huge obstacle: the complete and utter chaos of collating patient data from myriad sources.

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    • Anonymous
      Patient data is very important for all Physician to secure it for future use when patient returns back for follow-up visit. We invested on putting all the data on one place and hired transcriber for daily imputing those important patients details. Really helpful for us and hope it works also to other medical practitioner who wants to save time on organizing patient data. From: Internal Medicine Doctor @ houstonconciergemedicine.com/
    • Anonymous
      It is beyond my understanding how so many of us can know this stuff to be true and yet nothing gets done to fix it. The self centered butt-coverers that seem to run the medical community don’t mind if our numbers decrease due to frustration. Well I guess that is OK. We can all be replaced by nurse practitioners or an AI.

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