Clinician EHR Workload, Cognitive Efforts Double After EHR Adoption

by Larry Emmott on April 8, 2021

in Management,Paperless

“What we found surprised us a little,” Karen Dunn Lopez, the director of the Center for Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness at the University of Iowa, said in a statement. “After two and a half years of continuous use, clinicians’ cognitive workload remained very high, and they still found the new EHR system more difficult to use than the prior paper- and computer-based hybrid system.”

Source: Clinician EHR Workload, Cognitive Efforts Double After EHR Adoption

This is sad.

I have had some limited experience using medical EHR software when I did some sleep dentistry and I found it very challenging. Much harder to use than dental software. It did not have to be this way.

Medical EHR systems were not designed by physicians. They were not designed with patient care in mind. They were not designed to facilitate workflow. They were designed to satisfy a “meaningful use” check list that politicians and  bureaucrats  thought was important.

 

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