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    Physicians leaving profession over EHRs


    Because of this, he believes a way to keep physicians from leaving the profession over EHR issues is to get them involved in design and improvement processes.


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    “Also, interoperability among systems should be a federal requirement for companies developing and selling EHR products,” Gebke says. “This will improve care for patients visiting multiple facilities and minimize cost related to duplicate testing and treatment.”

    Things are improving

    Munzoor Shaikh, director of West Monroe’s healthcare and life sciences practice in Chicago, says that while some doctors are leaving medicine due to technology learning curves, the industry is past the EHR implementation phase and has entered an EHR optimization phase where the user experience on the physician side should be improving.

    “Those who have more patience than others have stuck around; hopefully this optimization phase will save some more doctors from leaving,” he says. “That said, there are some physicians who are fundamentally not built for this tech-driven world.”

    Keith Loria
    Keith Loria is a contributing writer to Medical Economics.


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    • [email protected]
      I am an older ( 60 ) FP doc who is comfortable with computers, and I can type fast ( took 2 years of typing class in high school, which has come in quite handy over the years ). I also work ER where we have an EHR, and our office was still paper and dictation/transcription. I can see an acute otitis externa in the office in less than 5 minutes; in the ER I timed it at just under 15 minutes from the time I opened the chart to when I signed off electronically. It only gets worse, from an efficiency standpoint, on more complex patients. I completely agree that the systems were designed by non-clinicians, and optimized for coding and data capture, not patient care. Much of what I do on the EHR could be done by someone with a high school education. Physicians should be taking care of patients, not electronics!
    • [email protected]
      The only way to optimize the EHR is to disintermediate care, especially primary care. All EHRs do today is feed the data beast and maximize profits for hospitals, health systems and PBMs. Algorithms derived from big data are destroying our healthcare system. In fact, we don't have a healthcare system, we have a sickcare system.
    • Anonymous
      EHR optimization phase? Don't make me laugh! I await a single comment from a physician who feels their EHR has been, or is being, optimized, for anything other than population health and/or corporate profits

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