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Boston Globe Article About Doctors Going Digital

05.04.2010

The Boston Globe published this article discussing how some doctors are not stampeding to go digital, regardless of governmental incentives to spur a nationwide rollout of electronic health records (EHR). 

In the article, Dr. Robert LeBow, a 66-year-old internist and geriatrician who cares for more than 1,000 patients, is reluctant to embrace a technology that he believes carries hidden costs that include productivity loss.

It is a good article that covers why some physicians may forgo the federal government’s stimulus money and accept a lower Medicare reimbursement rate as a penalty for not going digital by 2015.

The article covers how big provider groups, including the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association, are lobbying the federal government to slow its push for EHR adoption.
The article also includes quotes from health information technology advocates like Dr. David Brailer, who was the national coordinator of health information technology under President George W. Bush.  Brailer balances the article stating reasons why the healthcare industry is not automating quickly enough.