Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Says Electronic Medical Records Are Mandatory And Missing From The Obama-Care Debate

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Says Electronic Medical Records Are Mandatory And Missing From The Obama-Care Debate

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Says Electronic Medical Records Are Mandatory And Missing From The Obama-Care Debate

Houston ( AP ) Obama - Care is a effective weapon when used with Electronic Medical Records (EMR). Barron’s Medical Journal Interviews Rose Conrad the Global CEO of Gennxeix Medical systems and we are happy to report that Dr. Conrad says with EMR

President Obama Health Care plan will save Billions. Doctors that are getting Medicaid and Medicare will have be online cutting out all the waste that a paper base medical practice management systems provide. Conrad also says that the technical barriers and costs are holding back electronic sharing of clinical data, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by a consortium of physician associations.

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More than 70% of the physicians polled said that their electronic health record (EHR) system was unable to communicate electronically with other systems – a lack of

interoperability that prevents electronic exchange of information. Another barrier is the cost of setting up and maintaining interfaces and exchanges to share information. The Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington highlights the progress that physicians have made in embracing EHRs. Several years ago, this type of survey might have shown that physicians wanted to keep the status quo or that they feared change, he said. Now, the barriers to exchanging information have more to do with technology than physician attitudes. M

aking progress on interoperability will be essential as physicians move forward with different care delivery models such as the patient-centered medical home and the medical home neighborhood, which includes subspecialists, Dr. Conrad said. "

The success of these new models will depend on health IT infrastructure that supports seamless coordination of care, patient engagement, and clinical information exchange," he said. "You can’t do team-based care unless everybody has access to the information appropriately." Beyond interoperability, there are still challenges for physicians seeking to implement EHRs in their practices. The money available through the Medicare and M

edicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs is beginning to change that equation, he said, but most physicians still say that the incentives offered aren’t sufficient to offset the loss in productivity, the change in their workflow, and the assorted other expenses of bringing on EHRs. "We’re still very concerned about that as a barrier," Dr. Conrad said. The physician survey was developed by the American College of Physicians and Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care. The American College of Surgeons, the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, and the American Academy of Pediatrics also were involved with the survey. The groups circulated the survey to

thousands of their members and received responses from more than 500 physicians. About three-quarters of the respondents were using an EHR at the time of the survey, higher than the national average of about 55%, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. As a result, the survey developers cautioned that the results

should not be used to reflect the view of U.S. physicians as a whole. The respondents were mostly from small practices. Nearly three-quarters of the physicians surveyed worked in practices with 10 or fewer physicians and more than half were in practices of 5 or fewer physicians. When the Medical Community adds the synergy of Electronic Medical Records to Genomics personalize Medicine ObamaCare is a powerful Tool