According to a Rand report, doctors are expressing concern that current EHR technology interferes with face-to-face discussions with patients, requires physicians to spend too much time performing clerical work and degrades the accuracy of medical records by encouraging template-generated notes.
The Surge of Data in Healthcare
From the “Are-We-Surprised File”:
A common theme among Healthcare IT is that a lot of areas are 10 years behind other industries. This is one example of data warehousing (not termed “big data”) not being utilized.
In the healthcare sector, 80 percent of patient data is unstructured—meaning it’s not being organized in a predefined manner. The Center for Disease Control estimates 42 percent of all physicians have an electronic health record system that meets federal standards, but in the healthcare field especially there are many hand written notes and charts, which can’t be easily processed by traditional computer programs.