EHR http://kbia.org en Some patients don't like it when doctors use digital diagnostic tools http://kbia.org/post/some-patients-dont-it-when-doctors-use-digital-diagnostic-tools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Almost gone are the days when physicians collect your medical records in yellow manila folders stacked ceiling-high behind the nurses’ counter.</span></p><p>More and more medical professionals in the U.S. are using an electronic health records system to do things like store patient data, call up medical records and even prescribe medications. <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/02/20120217a.html">A Department of Health and Human Services survey</a> found that in 2011, 35 percent of all U.S. hospitals have adopted an electronic health records system. It's a pretty rapid growth<b style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.1875px;">—</b>in 2009, only 16 percent of U.S. hospitals use the system.</p><p>Many of these electronic systems are so handy they even have decision-making software—a tool that helps physicians make treatment recommendations and diagnoses.</p><p>“The idea is that a physician can open one up and maybe use one to diagnose whether a patient has appendicitis and decide whether they want to operate,” said Victoria Shaffer, an MU psychologist who studies the decision-making side of the electronic health records system.</p><p>Not all patients like this high-tech diagnoses tool, though.</p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:27:10 +0000 Harum Helmy 31445 at http://kbia.org Some patients don't like it when doctors use digital diagnostic tools