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Do you have EHR Burnout?

A recent study by the American Medical Association (AMA) shows that physicians spend twice as much time with their EHR as they spend in “direct clinical face-time” with their patients.* Even more troubling: “For every hour physicians provide direct clinical face time to patients, nearly 2 additional hours is spent on EHR and desk work

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Physician EHR Dissatisfaction Linked to Template Technology

With the majority of US doctors now having used an Electronic Medical Record (EMR/EHR), physician dissatisfaction with EHRs has reached alarming levels.  Major surveys point to a national crisis in EHR usability.  Physicians complain EHRs are difficult in practice and waste valuable time that could be better spent with patients.  Most EHRs, say doctors, have

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The EHR dissatisfaction crisis: looking beneath the surface

The rise in provider dissatisfaction with EHRs and the second-time buyer boom have been well-documented and much-discussed. However, when analysts look to understand the cause of this dissatisfaction, they identify only superficial reasons: lack of training, workflow issues, price, or poor customer support, to name just a few. They fail to look deeper and miss

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Interfacing and Interoperability: not an EHR selling point

It may sound counterintuitive, but it’s true: interoperability should no longer be a major selling point when looking for an EHR.  Why?  Because every good EHR should be fully interoperable.  And soon, every EHR will have to be interoperable. Interoperability is one of the most exciting areas of health IT: it holds incredible potential to

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Is your EHR an automobile or a tricycle? The quick-start myth

Many doctors say, “I want a no-brainer of an EMR that is easy to learn and is very cheap, free if possible. In fact, I want to try it out without any reading or training whatsoever.”  Be careful what you wish for: you are bound to get it! No one would argue that it is

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Gadgetry is a red herring in the EHR search

Many EMR companies, knowing that you are shopping for an unfamiliar and complex product, want to impress you with gadgetry: they show you iPads, high-end computers, and handhelds. Others seek to win you over with fancy anatomical animations and other graphics within their EMRs. While these features may look tempting, you are being manipulated. All

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Choosing the Right EHR: the only list you need to read

We are excited to introduce Choosing the Right EHR, a blog series on the many factors to consider when purchasing EHR software.  The EHR market is changing rapidly: companies are appearing and disappearing, federal requirements are changing, and technology continues to evolve.  Recommendations that were helpful five, three, or even one year ago no longer

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