Harvard Professor and Physician Finds Currently Available Electronic Medical Records Systems Inadequate, in Need of Revamping

Studying the use of a commercial electronic medical record in a primary care practice

    • January 31, 2008

In 2005–06, Gordon T. Moore, MD, MPH, a professor and physician at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, conducted a study of electronic medical records. Some political leaders and health care experts have touted this technology's potential to reform medical practice. Moore's premise was that currently available records systems were inadequate and needed to be rethought.

Key Results

  • A working paper, "Five Provocative Points about Bringing the Benefits of Information Technology to Health Care," discussed the weaknesses of current electronic records systems and described features of a better system.
  • A paper, "Information Technology and Primary Care," summarized an expert meeting devoted to how information technology could support the various functions of primary care.