The Mounting Frustrations Of Electronic Health Records Resume ** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY FEB. 26 ** Dr. Eugene Heslin sits at a desk with his laptop on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at his family practice in Saugerties, N.Y. From a laptop computer on his desk, he checks a cancer patient's hematology report from one lab and an X-ray report on another patient _ tasks that used to require phone calls or paper files. (AP Photo/ Jim McKnight)
The U.S. government has spent $25 billion to promote the use of electronic health records. Supporters say those records improve doctor productivity and reduce costs. But many doctors are pushing back — saying that strict federal guidelines interfere with patient care.
Guest co-host of Carey Goldberg, WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, which tweets @commonhealth. More Healthcare IT News: AMA Docs Fed Up with EHR Woes "Our experience as physicians is often falling far short of the promise that I think we all hope we eventually reach." Scientific American: Electronic Health Records Software Often Written Without Doctors' Input "The reason why many doctors find electronic health records (EHR) difficult to use might be that the software wasn't properly tested, researchers suggest." This segment aired on September 28, 2015.