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Why Doctors Are Frustrated With Digital Healthcare

 “The fastest growing specialty in healthcare is scribes to feed the EHR: only in healthcare can we computerize and add FTEs.”

Todd Hixon – Forbes contributor

The last point above is the visible tip of an iceberg-sized social conundrum. The natural reward for healthy behavior is good health, of course, and what matters more than that? If adult individuals don’t care enough about their health to work on it, who is supposed to care on their behalf? Employers care up to a point, because health impacts productivity. The government cares, if you assume that the government is the unlimited payer of last resort. How much employers/government should do to change behavior of adults who won’t take responsibility for their health is an issue that we will wrestle with for a long time.

Digital technology offers a river of new data with potential clinical value, but much of it is not usable. Doctors say that 85% of their patients simply do not comply with medical advice. Patients are increasingly cranky: they know more, demand more transparency, and are less satisfied. Expectations of doctors’ ability to deliver value are rising. Rising doctor frustration makes sense to me.

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That is not to say that there would be no value to such data exchange. If Safeway were out of my favorite brand of breakfast cereal, I’d love for the clerk to tell me that Giant had plenty in stock just down the road, instead of selling me something similar. However, the amount of government funding required to overwhelm competitors’ resistance to doing this would surely not be worth it.The same goes for health information exchange: $26 billion has not done the trick. It is unlikely that the remaining $4 billion in the pot will get the job done. The Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT has been promoting a ten-year plan for more funding — even a trust fund like the Federal Highway Trust Fund!Congress should be very skeptical of appropriating yet more funding to hunt this unicorn.

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