An interesting article published by The New England Journal of Medicine delves into the background history of EHRs. It explains the first EHR was invented in 1966 and amazingly, it was fairly simple to use.
The important point the article raises is the current differentiation between consumer driven technology and healthcare driven technology. It asks why there is a “widely accepted myth that medicine requires complex, highly specialized information-technology (IT) systems. This myth continues to justify soaring IT costs, burdensome physician workloads, and stagnation in innovation — while doctors become increasingly bound to documentation and communication products that are functionally decades behind those they use in their “civilian” life.”
It is definitely mind boggling. Working at iScribes, we see and work with many different EHRs and work with varying levels of IT support. The interfaces are definitely not user friendly or designed with any focus on ease of use. Most of our physicians try to see a high volume of patients and throughout the course of a day, minutes wasted on each patient add up quickly.
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Source: Children’s Hospital Informatics Program; the Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; and the Center for Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School — all in Boston.