A Prescription for the Achilles Heel of Healthcare IT

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September 18, 2014

Opinion by Dr. Zia Agha

What keeps doctors from sleeping at night?

Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

More specifically, the “homework” these essential-but-sometimes-inefficient systems generate is enough to cause nightmares.

In a recent study that observed physician behavior, primary care providers spent 40 percent of their patient visit time focused on their computer screens, clicking and scrolling through the patient’s EHR. For those who did manage to focus more attention on their patients, EHR-related work often overflowed beyond the clinic: “I sit down and work usually until midnight,” said an anonymous physician who participated in this research.

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