Unfortunately, I do not believe current EHR tools are being built with the end user in mind. I say that because every experience I have with offices that have implemented EHR platforms generate pages of worthless medical records that provide no insight into the patients’ medical needs. These systems are being built by engineers to better mine data that will be used to reward and punish doctors and hospital systems with a never ending list of sticks and carrots that are fabricated using false assumptions and bad policy. For example, many policy folks believed that electronic availability of prior lab tests would decrease unnecessary testing. But recent data contradicts that assumption and suggests that EHRs increase the amount of testing performed.
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