EMRs v. healthcare
Why have Obama's public statements on health IT focused on EMRs? Will other sectors of healthIT, such as disease management, also get funding?
ePatient Dave commented
The title of this is a weird misnomer, isn't it? It's hardly EMRs versus healthcare - sounds like they're enemies! :) Should be EMRs vs other Health IT, I think.
What about Telemedicine, another HIT initiative? It cut down the unnecessary visits to ER. As physicians, we all know our medicine is unfortunately defensive medicine. If patients show up in ER, most providers over order tests to protect from law suits. Well, the less patients to ER/hospital admissions, the better. Telemedicine has been proven effective if managed by qualified physicians.