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  •  EMR suffers from the Shiny Gadget sounds like (4+ / 0-)

    I used to be a director of technology for secondary schools, and the amount of outright crap peddled to schools is astounding. I went to one school where they were paying $10,000/year to stay "enrolled" in a back-end that was dBase III for DOS. They had to have "special updates" for it (batch files to get it to run on Windows). Blackboard, which is an enormously popular system, offered a service that could have been duplicated by anyone with a simple intranet in the early days, and it could be ours for the low, low, low cost of $15,000/year.

    When, on the other hand, I would ask for releases to actually design an intranet space, that wasn't possible. I.e. the shiny package from the people with brochures and business degrees was obviously worth it because it cost so much, and it had a cool name.

    I've seen some of the price gouging for EMR, and the amount of ripping off is astounding. The difference, of course, is that government adds that special layer of "licensed to be TP9000Q12 compliant," which means that someone else got a pocket lined first.

    I do suspect, though, that your story really shows a particular nexus along which rural populations are starved of health care, between the tax-starved state, the rapacious market, and the religious providers who are seeking to enforce social policy by force.

    Everyone's innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 03:58:34 AM PST

    •  The new software is sickening (0+ / 0-)

      The coding changes mandated for diagnosis codes in 2014 have given the EMR companies an excuse to release shiny new versions of their software, plus all kinds of "nifty" new things like an extra service (for more money, of course) that lets doctors access all of the info on their cell phones or tablets outside of work. Because we all know doctors aren't allowed to have a life outside of work:

      Is fheàrr fheuchainn na bhith san dùil

      by bull8807 on Tue Dec 03, 2013 at 10:11:46 AM PST

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