Electronic health records, EHR, offer some benefits over physical paperwork, or at least it should. An EHR system can instantly transfer information and records between primary care doctors and specialists without having to copy them and mail or hand-deliver the important documents and risk losing them or having them spend days in transit. Prescription records can help prevent doctors from accidentally overprescribing drugs or giving patients a potentially dangerous combination.
Republicans have long wanted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The Republican-controlled Congress made a point of defunding and repealing the act several times during President Obama’s second term. However, now that they also control the White House, they’re having trouble coming up with a replacement that improves on the ACA and stays true to their free-market philosophy.
For every bit of paperwork doctors have to fill out and every line of red tape they need to jump over, someone somewhere was trying to make sure patients get the best care possible. Some of it is deciding what the patients’ insurance can and can’t afford based on their coverage and premiums, but even private insurers want the best bang for their buck.