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    6 tips to boost EHR productivity

    Many doctors complain that electronic health records (EHRs) drain their time, rather than create efficiencies. In fact, Deloitte’s 2016 Survey of U.S. Physicians found that seven out of 10 physicians think that EHRs reduce their productivity. Health IT experts say doctors can take these six steps to boost their productivity.

    Avoid typing

    Physicians say typing information into EHRs takes too much time and draws attention away from patients. John W. Beasley, MD, coordinator of I-PrACTISE (Improving Primary Care Through Industrial Systems Engineering), has found that physicians can save about six hours a week by dictating notes for medical assistants to edit and enter into EHRs. Jeff Weil, chief information officer of District Medical Group of Arizona Inc., says his organization is now using speech recognition software in a pilot project.

     

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