The implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) was promised to do away with paperwork and allow physicians to focus on patients. However, more than half (57 percent) of physicians report EHRs have decreased face-to-face time with patients. In an article from the San Francisco Chronicle, Dominic Fracassa showcases solutions to the EHR problem.
Some healthcare organizations, like Kaiser Permamente, have begun developing algorithms to combine aspects of care to make electronic care more efficient.
"[A]fter nearly two decades of concerted innovation, amid a push to do away with paper records, many physicians say they’re still hamstrung by issues that have dogged them for years," Fracassa wrote. "We’ve replaced the medical chart with a patchwork of systems that impose on doctors’ precious time and have yet to deliver clear improvements."
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