The New York Times edition for Sunday, March 21, 2015 has a commentary about EHRs, “Why Health Care Tech Is Still So Bad.” It provides, I think, a balanced view about the curretn state of EHRs, including both discussion about the problems of current EHR systems, how health care professionals are resisting (one hospital’s recruiting materials for MDs includes, “No E.M.R.”), and the potential advantages of a properly functioning EHR system.
NPR broadcasted an article, “Sharing Patient Records Is Still A Digital Dilemma For Doctors,” that provides some context to the current controversies about the MDH ERH mandate. The article notes, “In an era when most industries easily share big, complicated, digital files, health care still leans hard on paper printouts and fax machines.” And, “While those systems (EHRs, or, as the article refers to them, EMRs) are supposed to make health care better and more efficient, most of them can’t talk to each other.”
NPR broadcasted two related articles on 3-2-15 and 3-15-15 about an an interesting screening tool developed for physician to help them screen for adverse childhood experiences that may impact the person’s long term health. The articles, “10 Questions Some Doctors Are Afraid to Ask” and “Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?” discussed the Adverse Childhood Experience, or ACE, questionnaire. They also review research that finds a significantly higher incidence of some serious health problems for people with high scores on the screening tool. The ACE is based on a very large study with about 17,000 participants, and asked about potential
The Wall Street Journal provides excellent coverage of health, science, and technology issues which is totally independent of its political coverage. The edition for February 9, 2015, included an interesting article that prominently featured a Minnesota family therapist, William Doherty, Ph.D. The article, “Be There for a Friends Relationship Crisis, But Don’t Give Advice” describes Dr. Doherty’s workshop called “Marital First Responders,” which helps concerned peers provide support for people with serious relationship problems.The article does not mention that he developed this program with his daughter, Elizabeth Doherty Thomas, MS, LAMFT.
The New York Times edition for Sunday, March 1, 2015 includes an interesting commentary by a psychiatrist, Julie Holland, M.D., which is critical of how mental health medications are prescribed for many women. She is described as a “psychopharmacologist, psychiatrist, and author.” She is the author of “Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER,” which received positive reviews. She is also the editor of “The Pot Book,” quote which supports the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Her CV indicates that she has a history of researching the use of hallucinogenic drugs in experimental