“Wired”:http://www.wired.com magazine has an interesting article on 33 things that suck; and why. Medical records is “one”:http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/16-02/su_medical_records of those things.
I think the perspective that the author takes is interesting because it is totally outside (I think) of how most of the readers of LMN think.
This is an excerpt:
**You’d think electronic records would solve the problem, but no. Because the software vendors selling electronic record-keeping systems are competing, their systems are proprietary and incompatible. Oddly, that’s OK with many physicians. Another name for an all-knowing, all-seeing, all-compatible electronic system is database, and physicians don’t want people mining theirs — not because of patient-privacy concerns, but because the info could be used for doctor-on-doctor performance stats. Plus, docs already hate filling out charts; you think they want to learn data entry?**