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Government Is Forcing Doctors to Spend More Time on Data Entry and Less with Their Patients

Dr. Charles Krauthammer:

I hear this everywhere. Virtually every doctor and doctors’ group I speak to cites the same litany, with particular bitterness about the EHR mandate. As another classmate wrote, “The introduction of the electronic medical record into our office has created so much more need for documentation that I can only see about three-quarters of the patients I could before,

via Government Is Forcing Doctors to Spend More Time on Data Entry and Less with Their Patients | National Review Online.

I find this so sad. I am such a huge cheerleader for technology and envision such amazing benefits from digital records it hurts me when it is messed up so badly. Dr. Krauthammer makes two important points. The EHR as mandated by the federal government was designed by bureaucrats not practitioners. As a result it does not serve the best interest of the physician or the patient.

Medical professionals are becoming corporate drones or government employees. Neither option will attract the best and the brightest to choose medicine and dentistry as a future profession.

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