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BEST of 2018 | LaGrelius, MD: Computers are amazing, but Electronic Health Records are not

Before the EHR, I dictated hospital admission histories on a phone and a typist getting $30 an hour typed them. I do that on an EHR now and it’s slower. It takes me triple the time it used to. There is a complex template used, not much like the way I think about care.

We trust computer technology to solve problems, save time and money, and improve our lives. It has. Why didn’t it work with electronic health records? EHRs are costly, clunky, error prone failures we seem unable to fix. It’s as if we took off in a hastily designed rocket, realize we need to come back, but are stuck in orbit without a reentry plan.

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SOURCE: https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/380381-computers-are-amazing-but-electronic-health-records-are-not

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