Catbert strikes again, on medicine and Google:
Birth Pangs: There aren’t too many hosannas being sung to electronic medical records at Kaiser these days:
Kaiser Permanente’s $4-billion effort to computerize the medical records of its 8.6 million members has encountered repeated technical problems, leading to potentially dangerous incidents such as patients listed in the wrong beds, according to Kaiser documents and current and former employees.
At times, doctors and medical staff at the nation’s largest nonprofit health maintenance organization haven’t had access to crucial patient information, and system outages have led to delays in emergency room care, the documents show.
There’re a lot of ‘ifs’ in the upside to the EMR.