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Will Electronic Health Records Ever Be Usable?
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David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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10/1/2014 | 2:28:42 PM
My doctor: Epic EHR enthusiast
While going for a physical, I asked my doctor about his EHR, fully expecting to hear a litany of complaints. Instead, he turned out to be one of the power users of Epic who coaches others in his organization. He's invested the time to come up with macros/templates that help him flesh out a patient record quickly. At the same time, he was aware of the dangers of "copy and paste" medical records and said doctors are trained not to fall into that trap.

He told me he did know some older docs who got one look at the computer system and decided they needed to either practice somewhere else or retire. But he personally doesn't know how he would get by without the technology. If the system is ever offline for some reason, he feels a little lost.

So the technology needs to improve, yes (and some systems need to improve more than others), but there is also a generational change at work. Some doctors have figured out how to make the technology work for them rather than the other way around.

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