Digitized Health Care: Oh, the Humanity!

“Tedious, labor intensive, and you feel like you can’t do what you want to do.”

That’s one nurse’s review of the new electronic health record system at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The upside: The modernized system provides essential information immediately, and hospital owners say it will lead to safer care. The downside: It takes away from time with patients, say doctors and nurses. Health care organizations nationwide are struggling to meet federal requirements for digital health records.

The Quote: “The current generation of electronic health records are not very usable. They are not well designed to increase our efficiency and to make our work easier — but rather, they slow us down,” says Steven J. Stack, president of the American Medical Association.

Boston Globe

Ed. Note: Want to know what medical folks really think of EHRs and need an amusing break? Check out this video by ZDoggMD. Extremely well done and very funny. Thanks for the tip, Sarah Heggie!

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