While this is an interesting plea, what are your recommendations for widespread distribution of digitized records instead of the current system? One that is both HIPAA compliant and effective enough to service doctors and patients equally? How should the government “let doctors be doctors again” when the largest financial burden on doctors is, in fact, insurance — not medicine, or wages. As a technologist, the challenge of digitizing physical records has become an entire industry — and one well-paid, given the amount of work that goes into it. If you can’t automatically parse a document (common with handwritten items), you have to pay someone to enter that data manually — what happens when you have 30 or 40 years of documents, none of which have been previously digitized?
The biggest complaint from doctors in my life is not the paperwork — it’s the frivolous lawsuits by people not following doctors’ instructions, backed by insurance carriers and ambulance-chasing lawyers, and it’s the insurance paid in advance to protect them from these lawsuits, and lastly, it’s the big pharma reps who push medicines on them, then get upset and sue when they don’t prescribe enough of it. The biggest complaint from consumers getting insurance because of the ACA is also not the paperwork — it’s insurance companies trying to skirt the rules and drop paying consumers who need their assistance. How do you propose the government prevent that, if not by regulating healthcare insurers?
I’d like to see your athenaInsight survey in its full glory so it can be determined what methods were used to come up with that 80% statistic saying paperwork was the biggest problem, and the raw data that accompanied it, not just a single blurb from your interpretation of the data.