The EHR is simply a better version of the paper chart--untrue!
To make health care reasonably profitable for private payers and more affordable for patients, those who manage health care must focus on reducing cost, which is far easier than increasing the health benefit or medical loss ratio. See: "How the U.S. Health-Care System Wastes $750 Billion Annually," by Brian Fung, pub. Atlantic Mobile, 9/7/12
The applied practice of medicine and surgery in the United States have not evolved by their own merits to be cost-effective as compared with other countries. Health care reform is required either because of intolerable costs (poor value) and huge variation in the way we 'lay on hands,' coordinate care and fail to communicate. Why are we not doing the right thing?
The confluence of a exacerbated health care crisis and a Presidential reelection created opportunity for change, but Robert H. Brook, MD, ScD of the Rand Corporation, a non-profit think tank, warns that simultaneously improving health care coverage, the affordability of health care and its quality will be difficult.
It is crazy to deny terminal patients access to possibly life-saving drugs for fear of offending the Statistics gods! Sent by Harvey Frey, MD, PhD, Esq. Nov 2, 2013 11:50 PMSubject: [Dialog] How Dying Patients Get Access to Experimental Drugs
The future of health care seemed promising. We had great hopes in chart digitalization, and then the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" ("Recovery Act" in short) was born.
Getting sued for malpractice can make any practitioner overly practice defensively, which is not the same as more effectively and certainly not more cost-effectively. Abstract "Despite widespread agreement that physicians who practice defensive medicine drive up health care costs, the extent to which defensive medicine increases costs is unclear. The differences in findings to date stem in part from the use of two distinct approaches for assessing physicians' perceived malpractice risk.
A Painless Way To Hold Down Health Costs?
Francis J. Crosson, MD seeks "a rationale designed to influence the physician microenvironment so as to support physicians in developing patterns of clinical decision making that result in better health outcomes and lower costs."
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is inviting and has such promise but it is unproved and it can be dangerous. As Paul Offit (Chief Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) states, “There’s no such thing as alternative medicine. There’s only medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t.” Offit PA. “Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine.”