Escaping the EHR Trap
A perspective piece in the NEJM was posted today, entitled 'Escaping the EHR Trap — The Future of Health IT': http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1203102
The entire piece is thought-provoking (or reaction-inducing, depending on your point of view), but this quote sums up the authors' thesis:
"We believe that EHR vendors propagate the myth that health IT is qualitatively different from industrial and consumer products in order to protect their prices and market share and block new entrants. In reality, diverse functionality needn't reside within single EHR systems, and there's a clear path toward better, safer, cheaper, and nimbler tools for managing health care's complex tasks."