EHRs are not ready for prime time. EHR benefits are questionable and there are documented instances where patients’ deaths were directly attributed to an EHR. EHRs are cumbersome and slow. They are unnecessarily complex and built on very old technology. The people who build EHRs have no concern for the end user and therefore EHR usability is pretty abysmal. And EHRs are expensive to buy and expensive to maintain, not to mention that they can completely derail your practice through loss of productivity. The fact that some users seem to do well with their EHRs, and even derive some joy from using them, is not a valid counter argument since most users are not so fortunate and through no fault of their own. There really is no excuse for such failure in this day and age. Just look at the iPad and the iPhone. You can walk into any Apple store and 5 minutes later walk out with a fully functional product with a delightful, intuitive interface, loaded with hundreds of interchangeable apps that even a three year old can use right out of the box. All for a few hundred bucks.
If you happen to be diagnosed with cancer, you will most likely be subjected to years of unpleasant treatments. You will be injected with poison and irradiated with more poison. You will lose your hair, suffer bouts of vomiting and diarrhea and be physically debilitated to the point where you cannot leave your bed. You will most likely have to go through painful surgeries, take all sorts of medications that were shown to kill thousands of rodents and never recover your old self again. And this entire ordeal will cost you a medium size fortune. The fact that some lucky patients go on to win the Tour de France is not really an acceptable rebuttal. Most do not. And there really is no excuse for such incompetence in this day and age when one little pill can cure you of an yeast infection in 24 hours and a $4 course of antibiotics will render you as good as new if you happen to develop a sinus infection. Not to mention the innumerable vaccines that will miraculously prevent you from contracting the plague.