Archive for February, 2013

Is HIT interoperability in the nature of healthcare?

Posted on: February 12th, 2013 by Edmund Billings, MD 6 Comments

Anyone who understands the importance of continuity of care knows that health information exchange is essential. How are we supposed to cut waste and duplication from the healthcare system and truly focus on patient welfare if doctor B has no idea what tests doctor A conducted, or what the results were? (more…)

It’s the System, Stupid: Reversing the Law of Unintended Consequences

Posted on: February 4th, 2013 by Edmund Billings, MD 1 Comment

We should have seen it coming, really. It was entirely predictable, and the most recent RAND report proves it.

We incentivized comprehensive IT adoption, making it easier to bill for every procedure, examination, aspirin, tongue depressor, kind word and gentle (or not) touch without first flipping the American healthcare paradigm on its head, if such a thing is even possible. (more…)