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EMR Nurses’ Wishes, Doing Good, and Good-Better-Best EHR

Posted on May 11, 2014 I Written By

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Seems fitting to start off our Twitter roundup with a nurse related tweet for Nurse Week. Lisa makes an interesting comment in this tweet. Unfortunately, most of the EHR effort is focused on the doctors and not nearly enough time on the nurses. When you look at the nurse interface of many EHR, it feels like an afterthought. It’s too bad since they spend so much of their work life in the EHR.

I wrote this post over on EMR and HIPAA, but I wanted the readers of EMR and EHR to read it as well. I think this is an important question for all of us. What good can we do? Can we do more than we’re doing today?

The concept of Good, Better and Best EMR is a really interesting question. We all know that there are good, better and best EMR, but there’s no really good way to know which EMR falls into which category. Plus, it changes based on an individual clinic or hospital’s environment. I wish I knew an easier way to tell the difference.

SRSsoft Brings Doctors Together in Call for Productive EMR Software

Posted on August 21, 2009 I Written By

This is a part of a post on the SRSsoft website. I am a fan of SRSsoft because I think they have it right when they focus on “provider productivity” as a key component of any “good” EMR. See the link below to see the whole blog post, but basically, they went to Washington to advocate for EMRs which improve productivity and enhance the physician-patient relationship.

This is an excerpt from the post:

The signers of this petition are not all SRS clients. Other providers reached out to us and asked that we stand up for them as well. SRS users or not, they are passionate about EHRs, and they speak from positive and negative experience with a variety of EHR products. Three fundamental themes dominated:

*Physicians will not adopt technology that compromises their productivity,
*They will not become data entry clerks, and
*They will not jeopardize the physician-patient relationship.
*No financial incentives or penalties will persuade these physicians to take actions they deem detrimental, or not valuable, to their practices.

Bottom line is that most physicians (if they are smart) will not be induced by incentive or penalties to take on an EMR unless the EMR makes them more productive! I agree with this. Washington needs to make the definition of “meaningful use” and “certified” flexible enough to encompass EMRs that are innovative and enhance our ability to be great doctors and provide excellent care.