A regulator, Harvard prof. walk into an ER …

From Government Health IT:

More views on ER came recently one summer evening from Niall Brennan, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ director of information products and analytics, as he entered Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Suburban Hospital, for what would be the first of two ER visits in 36 hours.

While Brennan did not want to elaborate on his experience and it would not be appropriate to pry, his public comments do suggest that, if not Byzantine per se, the American ER is an area of healthcare with a lot of room for improvement, despite the good intentions of doctors, nurses and administrators, the investments in comprehensive electronic health records, and attempts at quality measurement.

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