Patients are the ones suffering from EMR adoption
A recent article over at FierceHealthcare is pointing out the problem of our automated and digital advancements diverting physicians attention from the patient to the systems, increasing patient frustration.
Technology has advanced medicine in many ways, but it has also led physicians to focus more on data than patients, said best-selling author Abraham Verghese, M.D. Verghese, the keynote speaker Tuesday at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 28th annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare in Orlando, Florida, said physicians’ attention has been diverted and patients suffer as a result.
- Physicians are focused on the prompts within the EHR
- In a course of a day it can take 16 clicks to order baby aspirin
- 140 clicks to admit a patient for chest pain.
It is a “4,000 click-a-day problem,” he said.
The lack of interaction with patients is causing resentment. "For every hour with patients, doctors are spending two hours on the computer … This has to change," said Verghese. "The EMR of today is a mistake of epic proportions.”