EMR Productivity Conundrum – What if?

There is no doubt about the benefits of EMR to everyone. Public Health, Government, Patients and Providers – private practice as well as hospital based.

Yet, why do Providers continue complaining about EMR?

What if there was a way to continue working with paper the same way as providers did in the exam room with patients?

 

There is no doubt about the benefits of EMR to everyone. Public Health, Government, Patients and Providers – private practice as well as hospital based.

Yet, why do Providers continue complaining about EMR?

There is one very simple reason. 

Inefficiencies at Point of Care. This is a collection of following:

  • Reduces eye contact with patient
  • Too much attention to computer, software and clicking
  • Spending too much time on inefficient software than paying attention to patients.

In other words, the weakest link is the first one – data entry, data collection. What if this single point of contention had a solution? What if we removed the weakest link and made it stronger? I am not suggesting getting rid of or eliminating EMR at all, because we all know the benefits of EMR downstream.

What if there was a way to continue working with paper the same way as providers did in the exam room with patients AND figure out a way to get all the data into EMR without an exorbitant expense? (I am not suggesting scribes in case you are wondering)

I would like to know your views.

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