In the Forbes.com article, 5 Things Preventing Technology Adoption In Health Care, Dr. Robert Pearl, executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, shares his viewpoints on the slow and unsteady uptake of technology in healthcare.
Here are the reasons he shared:
- Many new technologies don’t address the real problem. Discovery of fancy technology solutions before identifying what the real problems are.
- No one wants to pay for new technologies. Everyone in healthcare—patients, physicians, hospitals and insurance companies—want new technologies but always think that someone else needs to pay for it.
- Physicians are reluctant to show patients their medical information. IT facilitates giving patients access to their own medical information and some physicians may be hesitant in doing that.
- Technology slows down many physicians. Typing in an Electronic Medical Record takes more time than writing on paper charts.
- Many physicians see technology as impersonal. Computers in the clinical setting might reduce the element of the personal or human touch.
Read the article for more details into each reason.
What do you think? Do you agree with the reasons shared?