A new report from the US Department of Health and Human Services lauds the so-called “tipping point” in the use of electronic health records by US physicians. According to new data, over half of physicians are now switched to using EHRs and are using them to manage patient information as well as prescriptions.
EHR supporters claim that electronic records have the potential to improve the quality and safety of care as well as provide ample data for tailoring and customizing treatment for patients with chronic diseases. But doctors aren’t well known for change, and many are hesitant to change long-standing practice. Some report that typing on a computer takes away from the doctor-patient relationship.
The direction of EHR in the United States is clear, as incentives from the federal government have largely paved the way.