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Monday, March 10, 2014

MY LATEST ON FORBES.COM: THE TYRANNY OF THE MOUSE CLICK

If “meaningful use” were really meaningful, maybe the push for all physicians to adopt electronic health records would be tolerable. In “Technology Is Interfering With Your Doctor's Visit — And It’s Driving Physicians Crazy,” the latest Forbes.com blog post from Physicians Foundation CEO Tim Norbeck and me, we examine how the bull rush to technology by government and private payers and hospital systems is building a new wall between patients and their physicians. “The Department of Health and Human Services values EHR technology and its role in the doctor’s office — referred to as meaningful use — as the standard of care; thereby undervaluing our most important asset — the physicians’ knowledge, education, training, and intelligence,” we write. “The physician is demoted to a keyboard operator so that the government’s Holy Grail — personal information — can be entered into its massive database.”

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