Articles, HDM, Healthcare Policy June 12, 2017

It’s Time to Stop and Refocus EHR Efforts

by Barry P Chaiken, MD

As health providers moved to quickly deploy EHRs, many in the profession believe we had put up barriers between ourselves and our patients. We now regularly hear patient complaints about their caregivers “treating” their computers rather than talking directly to them as patients, and of physicians and nurses putting in extra hours just to complete documentation that, in their view, has no impact on patient care.

However, eClincialWorks agreement last week to settle a lawsuit accusing the EHR vendor of misrepresenting the capabilities of its software may give us reason to reconsider our rush to implement medical records software—and that is probably a good thing.

Excerpts from: It’s Time to Stop and Refocus EHR Efforts. Health Data Management, June 5, 2017

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