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Control -- The Real Reason Behind Electronic Medical Records

Posted by Dev Sethi | Apr 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

The medical world is shifting from paper medical charts, to electronic medical records (EMR for shorthand). The government is pushing EMR to attempt to improve health care to reduce medical malpractice through lessening medication errors, and prompting doctors and nurses to practice safe medicine. Tucson, Arizona hospitals and doctors are in the midst of this transition.

Doctors, for the most part, are not in favor of this shift. Instead of talking directly with their patients, they have to now interface with a computer to check boxes and fill in blanks. This makes their visits with their patients less personal and less productive.

In addition to efforts to reduce medical malpractice, one main reason behind this push to move to EMR is control. The hospitals and insurance companies can exercise direct control over a doctor through the EMR system. It is simple, they just remove a box that allows a doctor to order an expensive test or medicine. This, without any fuss or recourse, forces a doctor to make another, less expensive, choice about treatment for his patient. This is one of the real, dangerous reasons why the government is pushing for EMR so strongly. Beware and be forewarned.

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Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.


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