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At AmericanEHR Partners we receive a lot of commentary and feedback from clinicians who use EHR systems. Many users describe challenges related to productivity and workload. However, there are also many positive benefits to EHR systems such as the ability to streamline access to documents and reports, the ability to e-Prescribe directly from the EHR…

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Over the past two weeks, hundreds of EHR users have completed satisfaction ratings for their EHRs. Over 2,200 user ratings are now available through AmericanEHR and 30 of the most popular EHR products have more than 10 ratings (the minimum number necessary to display EHR product ratings). Many users have submitted additional comments relating to…

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An April 25 article in Government Health IT highlighted the importance of usability to the effective adoption and use of EHRs. Author Mary Mosquera states: “With meaningful use, providers will expect more functionality and robust performance from their EHRs. But providers and health IT researchers say there is uneven usefulness, ease of usability and user…

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Over the years I have spoken with many physicians, practice managers, and change management consultants about the process of EHR implementation. What makes for a successful implementation? How can a practice improve their chances of success? One of the most important requirements for success is to establish realistic personal expectations. Certain system functionality needs to…

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This is the second in a series of positive and negative EHR user experiences. This feedback is not directed at any specific vendor or product. The intention is to highlight key issues and benefits experienced by a wide spectrum of EHR users. Pro Capable IT assistance is critical if using the client-server option. As with…

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Dr. Don Berwick, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, discusses his experiences using an EHR

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As practices convert from primarily paper-based process to technology based systems, what are the occupational impacts of these changes? How much does the ergonomic design of examination rooms, areas designated for document scanning or the use of desktop, laptop or tablet based computers impact the health of workers? In addition, how does software usability play…

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With the launch of the Apple iPad2, a shot has been fired across the bow of other manufacturers to keep up with the market leader. As the incumbent leader, the success of the iPad has been felt both by consumers and industry alike. But Apple is not alone, with many other vendors selling tablets including…

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Writing in the New York Times last week (December 13), Milt Freudenheim reported that errors generated from electronic health records are of sufficient concern that the Institute of Medicine created the Committee on Patient Safety and Health Information to examine the issue. According to the article, the Food and Drug Administration has received over 250 voluntary reports…

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How important is EHR Usability to the overall uptake and use of EHRs by clinicians and their practice teams? This is an often ignored, but critical factor. It is also the most difficult to do well and requires multiple product iterations, the input of usability and human factor experts and more importantly, a very clear…

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A very interesting concept is that of modular EHR technology. Earlier this year, ONC awarded four Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Project (SHARP) grants. A Boston based research group was one of the successful recipients. A blog excerpt is provided below describing how the modular EHRs could work. Kibbe & Klepper – Oct 5, 2010…

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