Healthcare Faces a Digital Dilemma

In an era when most industries easily share big, complicated digital files, healthcare still leans hard on paper printouts and fax machines.

Technology entrepreneur Jonathan Bush says he was recently watching a patient move from a hospital to a nursing home. The patient’s information was in an electronic medical record, or EMR. And getting that record from the hospital to the nursing home, Bush says, wasn’t exactly drag and drop.

“These 2 guys then type—I kid you not—the printout from the brand new EMR into their EMR, so that their fax server can fax it to the bloody nursing home,” Bush says.

In an era when most industries easily share big, complicated digital files, healthcare still leans hard on paper printouts and fax machines.

Read more at Kaiser Health News: http://bit.ly/1MfRDro