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Region's hospitals aid electronic-records push | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 17 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 9, 2011, titled Region's hospitals aid electronic-records push | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Every hospital in central Ohio has signed up with a nonprofit group that will help doctors switch from paper to electronic health records.

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Barb S

Columbus, OH

#1 Jul 9, 2011
Amazing how the government can throw money at everybody except the ones stuck in the middle.
Richard

Springfield, OH

#2 Jul 9, 2011
Don't think the hospitals are motivated to do this out of some altruistic motive supported by some non-profit group. As always, the primary motive for the hospitals is MONEY. As of the first of the year doctors and hospitals will not be paid by Medicare of Medicaid unless they submit their records electronicly.
Columbus physician

Powell, OH

#3 Jul 9, 2011
Patients don't realize that although every hospital will have electronic medical records doctors at one hospital cannot access your record from another hospital! Nor can they access your records from your primary care physician and he/she can't access records from any other office or hospital. So what is the benefit? If you're in OSU for a heart attack and they need your medical history from Riverside they can't get it. What a waste. The public is so gullible. They will go crazy for anything that sounds sexy like "computer" or "electronic".
Doris Edwards RN

Columbus, OH

#4 Jul 9, 2011
We all benefit from bringing useful health information technology into universal use. This community is well served.
Kudos to all making the push.
Doris Edwards RN

Columbus, OH

#5 Jul 9, 2011
I recognize the accuracy of the statement made by the physician a moment ago, but we HAVE to get on with the transition. I am confident we will develop the interfaces needed. We HAVE to. I agree that finance drive health care. That acknowledged,error rates in health care are unacceptable, hospital acquired complications are costly in personal and economic terms....and we all pay for this. Patient care deserves the support of useful technology. Hospital business offices have had data management systems for year. (And yes, those systems can be improved too). I encourage everyone to maintain their own personal health records for the most significant aspects of their health and to make them available to health providers. Simple, and transcends incompatible electronic systems for now.
A Patient Somewhere

Columbus, OH

#6 Jul 9, 2011
Doris Edwards RN wrote:
We all benefit from bringing useful health information technology into universal use. This community is well served.
Kudos to all making the push.
Dunno about that. Treated at the ER for migraine with only benadryl and ibuprofen. Why? Fancy EMR showed drug allergies which I do not have, and I couldn't convince the ER doc of the errors. Left with vicious migraine, no relief, no prescription and thousands of dollars in billable charges.(No history of substance abuse, either, for the skeptics out there.)
A Patient Somewhere

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 9, 2011
Columbus physician wrote:
Patients don't realize that although every hospital will have electronic medical records doctors at one hospital cannot access your record from another hospital! Nor can they access your records from your primary care physician and he/she can't access records from any other office or hospital. So what is the benefit? If you're in OSU for a heart attack and they need your medical history from Riverside they can't get it. What a waste. The public is so gullible. They will go crazy for anything that sounds sexy like "computer" or "electronic".
I admit that I found this out recently, while trying to get records from one facility to the other. Although all records are electronic, I still have to go to one office to complete a records request which then has to be faxed over. The receiving doc's office said they would MAIL the records to the requesting doc, and this facility has been transferred over electronically for awhile now. WHAT?!

What's next - low-cost, unlimited health care for 300+ Americans?
IT Director

Urbana, OH

#8 Jul 9, 2011
Columbus physician wrote:
Patients don't realize that although every hospital will have electronic medical records doctors at one hospital cannot access your record from another hospital! Nor can they access your records from your primary care physician and he/she can't access records from any other office or hospital. So what is the benefit? If you're in OSU for a heart attack and they need your medical history from Riverside they can't get it. What a waste. The public is so gullible. They will go crazy for anything that sounds sexy like "computer" or "electronic".
This is accurate, and it is THE issue with EMR implementation. An even bigger problem is getting the EMR to mesh with the internal processes of the practice and be accepted by the staff. The HIE would surely acknowledge this if asked. With all of their flaws EMR's are still a huge improvement over paper but we are a very long way off (if ever) from reaching the promise land of health data integration on a wide scale.
a patient

Zanesville, OH

#9 Jul 9, 2011
My physician's office has EMR. I hate it. The doc is soooo busy hunting and pecking on the keyboard that he misses half of what I'm saying. I've even mentioned this to him. He admits that he has lost "face time" with his patients and EMR has its pros and cons. and don't get me started on the "health data integration" and getting anything out of those data warehouses. almost impossible!
Gort

Wimberley, TX

#10 Jul 9, 2011
"Moving to an electronic system saves money by reducing duplicate testing and medical errors"

Wait until this system is hacked.
waste

Grove City, OH

#11 Jul 9, 2011
Why don't they spend that money providing medical care to people with no health insurance? And I agree doctors spend more time staring at the computer screen then paying attention to you. I like doctors who use paper records better. They seem more engaged in the conversation and are more helpful.
Linda

Columbus, OH

#12 Jul 9, 2011
It makes a lot of sense to have medical histories and prescription drug use readily available to doctors and hospitals. Typing prescription orders should be easier to fill and use correctly than relying on the handwriting of the doctors.

One of my providers told me the problem was that different affiliations had systems that would not communicate with each other. If that is true, I certainly hope someone will see that is changed.

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#13 Jul 9, 2011
IT Director wrote:
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This is accurate, and it is THE issue with EMR implementation. An even bigger problem is getting the EMR to mesh with the internal processes of the practice and be accepted by the staff. The HIE would surely acknowledge this if asked. With all of their flaws EMR's are still a huge improvement over paper but we are a very long way off (if ever) from reaching the promise land of health data integration on a wide scale.
How about if Medicare imposes THE standard system and procedures that EVERYBODY must use?(Going to bunker now to avoid incoming rounds.)
Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson

Seattle, WA

#14 Jul 9, 2011
EHR implementations face both high-tech and low-tech hurdles. http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/...
terry

Dublin, OH

#15 Jul 9, 2011
Oh, goody. The Feds took our money, then used it to bribe our politicians and hospitals to put all our personal business on their computers. to be hacked into or to be used by Big Brother to keep us in line.
Vet

Columbus, OH

#16 Jul 9, 2011
The effeciency in the VA system is staggering, and a breath of fresh air compared to the For Profit system.

Doctors will no longer get away with "I didn't know that." In other words, "I can't believe you, only another doc's records, and that will take six weeks to get them." By that time, the patient could be dead.

The only problem at the VA is some docs don't know how to type.

So the For Profits will have to hire nurses who can type. Oh well. What's the difference between that and a medical transcriber...in India?

The reason that records won't be transferrable between systems is that systems don't want that. They want to keep you in-house from cradle to grave, and they'll fight to the death to make sure that Ohio Health records aren't available to the Mt. Carmel system and vice-versa. To lose a patient would cutdown on income.

The practice of medicine is no longer about patient health, no matter the propoganda.
Buckeye

United States

#17 Jul 11, 2011
I recently needed an OSU test result sent to my Ohio Health Dr. I was able to stop in the Drs waiting room long enough to sit down and log into the iPhone app for OSU's records, sent a private message to the Dr who had ordered the orig test, and requested she fax the results to my Ohio Health Physician. Within a few hours I had calls or secure messages from both offices confirming everything was handled. I spent less than 5 min on the task and saved everyone the time and expense of a duplicate test. It is a start. I too want a single record but this is fairly easy if you use the available tools. I refuse to lock in a single provider and I will always choose the Drs I prefer (and insurance covers).

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