The post below about my experience at a health panel at SXSW may have left the impression that I’m opposed to Personal Health Records or its superset, Electronic Health Records. Far from it. At the start of the panel, the moderator showed this video from one of the EHR vendors. Yes, it’s a bit over the top, but it does fairly lay out the problem. The failure to ditch paper records and go electronic wastes a tremendous amount of money and costs many lives per year.
EHR is coming; there are too many reasons for it not to. It is going to be a crucial part of any political plan for healthcare reform; both Clinton and Obama have it as a cornerstone of their plans, and many Republicans support it (though it is notably missing from McCain’s campaign site. And if you look at his healthcare page, it’s a freaking joke; it’s all platitudes and bullshit GOP nostrums like tax credits that won’t do a damn thing to solve the real problems that face us). But EHR must be implemented in a way that doesn’t lock in the patient to any one vendor’s system.