A major development in New Jersey hospitals and other medical facilities across the country in recent years has been the steady -- and rapid -- implementation of electronic health record (EHR) systems to supplant paper records and handwritten patient notes.
Here is a central irony concerning the electronic health record (EHR) systems that are rapidly becoming the norm in hospitals across the country, including in New Jersey, as expressed by a pediatrician.
The advent of electronic health record (EHR) systems to supplant paper records for patients in New Jersey and elsewhere across the country began in earnest several years ago with the federal government's initiative to reward hospitals upgrading their charts and records with financial bonuses.
The push across the medical industry in recent years that has focused upon supplanting paper records with electronic health records (EHRs), with New Jersey providers being no exception, has often been touted as revolutionary.
It takes a considerable amount of time for some medical studies to be fully evaluated following completion of research and material findings.
"Studies like this give us the opportunity to find out how we are actually doing," says Asad Latif, "compared to how we think we are doing."
As one doctor -- an infectious-disease specialist in New York City -- queried recently in his capacity as a media commentator on national health care, what reasonable person would ever argue over a uniform approach to injections that centrally incorporates the notion "one needle, one syringe, only one time"?