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In One ER, EHR Takes 44% Of Doctors' Time
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10/20/2014 | 10:47:46 PM
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You know what works well?  Paper.  And talking to people.  If the hospital wants to digitize data it can hire clerks to scan a physician note into the system.  Adding complexity, data entry, and fatigue into an ER environment for someone who is being paid primarily to listen and think... it's a fool's errand.  This type of forced adaptation to dysfunctional systems serves the IT department and data collection bureaucrats - not patients or the clinical staff that serve them.
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10/15/2013 | 4:59:26 PM
re: In One ER, EHR Takes 44% Of Doctors' Time
There is a certain amount of truth to your comment about SaaS vendors (in general). But, depending on the severity of this particular EHR's performance/capability shortcomings, I would think that the vendor would be motivated to clean up their issues and deliver a quality product. Vendors developing combination EHR systems (Hospital/ER/Ambulatory) should have the resources available to do it right. One would think...
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10/12/2013 | 5:00:32 PM
re: In One ER, EHR Takes 44% Of Doctors' Time
Who is, or who should be, responsible for implementing this fix? I think the liability rests with the EHR developer. The problem is that once a SaaS is installed, the developer knows it is more difficult to switch systems than force them to make their product flexible.
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10/9/2013 | 9:32:48 PM
re: In One ER, EHR Takes 44% Of Doctors' Time
"Small Study" indeed... We have one doctor's experience using a suboptimal EHR not really designed for the ER. Why? Because it is tied to the Hospital's main EMR.

What's really wrong here is that these people need to get a grip on the concept of using the right tools for the right job. What they are doing puts patient safety at risk due to lack of attention on the patient and mistakes made in data entry and staffing hand offs.

Unbelievable.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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10/7/2013 | 2:10:42 PM
re: In One ER, EHR Takes 44% Of Doctors' Time
It's a pretty sad commentary on the state of EHRs that 44% of ED doctors' time is spent on data entry. I have yet to talk to a physician entirely jazzed about their EHR system, but that figure gives meaning to the phrase "interrupted workflow."
The next leader in this section of the market will be one that can create an EHR with the doctor in mind.


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