EMRs: Let's Really Dream
Dr. Bob has posted a Love Letter to the VA. After his quote, he adds this:
So why doesn't the federal government make the software available for free to all licensed health care providers? Not access to the VA's database, but the system itself. We've already paid for it with our taxes. Seems to me it would be the fastest, most efficient way to usher in that era of a universally accessible, portable EMR that DB and the Bush administration claim to want.
So why does the rest of the country not adopt the VA EMR? Interestingly, this is the only EMR designed for patient care, rather than for billing. Hospital administrators want billing systems. The VA system was designed for health care professionals, not accountants.I wish the entire country had a common EMR.
Nah; too much money to be made keeping it fragmented among dozens of vendors and systems that need periodic updates.
(Coincidentally, post coming soon: Why an EMR is Not Right For Me)