Law mandating electronic medical records
His care was adversely affected because hospitals weren't reading his earlier EHRs and she had trouble getting access to the records.
EHRs "have made our lives harder" without improving safety, says Jean Ross, co-president of National Nurses United.
At a Senate appropriations subcommittee meeting last month, Alexander told HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell that he wanted EHR issues at the top of his committee and HHS' priority list to be addressed through regulation or legislation.
Burwell agreed and called the issue "extremely important." Jonathan Bush, CEO of Athenahealth, which has about 4% of the EHR market, has been an outspoken opponent of the federal stimulus money and regulations for EHRs.
EHRs are supposed to make things easier for doctors and consumers, who would have access to their own medical information.
Digitizing records would allow doctors to exchange information about patients they share, which would improve quality and avoid duplication of tests and procedures.
These systems are relatively new and as organizations work to implement the systems, the way EMR’s are used will continue to change and evolve.
Another facet of these systems is an Electronic Health Record (EHR), which differs slightly from the standard electronic medical record.
Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate health committee, and Sen.Now the Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a series of revisions to its rules that would give doctors, hospitals and tech companies more time to meet electronic record requirements and would address a variety of other complaints from health care professionals. They're not good yet," says Terry Fairbanks, a physician who directs Med Star's National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare. They spent billions of dollars to finance the implementation of flawed software." William Mc Dade, a Chicago anesthesiologist, checks the medical records of patient Jacob Isham.