Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems may soon become a fixture in most medical settings in United States. President Obama’s 2009 stimulus legislation includes $19 billion to promote their implementation. The sophisticated features and efficiencies of EHR systems have the potential to improve health outcomes and enhance patient welfare considerably. However, this emerging technology also poses significant challenges and risks, not the least of which are its workplace impacts. ‘Employing E-Health: The Impact of Electronic Health Records on the Workplace’ a working paper by Sharona Hoffman provides a first of its kind analysis of the ramifications of EHR systems for workers and employers.
Electronic copy available at Employing E-Health