David Blumenthal, M.D., trotted out all the usual arguments for the EHR during his lengthy presentation at the annual conference of the Medical Group Management Association annual conference-better communication, more informed decision-making, and far more efficient business practices. Once a skeptic about the value of EHRs, the national coordinator for health I.T. said he became convinced of the technology's value after seeing it in action at Massachusetts General Hospital, where Blumenthal once practiced primary care. "There would be no stopping a technology this valuable," he recalled thinking.
Now Blumenthal serves as the federal government's point man on EHR adoption. But not everyone is buying into the promise of EHRs. Javier Rincon, M.D., serves as regional medical director for Gateway Health Center, a 250-physician group practice in Milwaukee that has adopted an EHR.
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