Electronic Health Record Uptake is Weakest on the Front Lines

Done correctly, EHRs allow a provider to deliver medicine faster, more cheaply and better, as shown above by Dr. Michele C. Reed, medical director of a five-person practice in Queens, N.Y.

by / April 12, 2011
Photo by Emile Wamsteker Emile Wamsteker

It’s the unlikeliest of portals into the future of health-care delivery in the U.S.: a small, low-slung, brick building in the middle of Queens, N.Y., with a blue banner strung across the facade heralding street-front primary care.

But inside, Dr. Michele C. Reed, medical director of the five-person practice, shown above, has done something that she thinks is absolutely necessary for anyone who wants to practice medicine in the modern world: Her office has gone paperless.

For electronic health records to fulfill the hopes placed in them, Governing magazine reports that doctors' offices need to be brought online.

Photo by Emile Wamsteker