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Healthcare providers lament lack of EHR standards

Kenneth Corbin | June 24, 2015
Senators take aim at health record vendors for turning their systems into walled gardens. But healthcare providers fire back at the government for ‘onerous’ and ‘inefficient’ requirements.

But aside from the interoperability struggles, too many EHR systems that vendors have developed have offered little more than a digital version of the paper record, and haven't kept pace with the broader shift "from volume to value" that the medical sector is trying to effect, according to Boyd Washington, chief medical information officer at the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge, La.

"There is certainly a burden that has been increasing around the electronic record," Washington says. "In my opinion, too much effort is spent recreating the attestation and documentation checkboxes that existed in the paper world that are just no longer valid."


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