GenY to the Xpower

Domo Arigato EMRs by Valerie Hoven
February 24, 2010, 8:06 pm
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Doctors don’t like electronic medical records?!?! OMG! Stop the presses! I hope my sarcasm is clear here, but doctors not liking something isn’t news, especially when it comes to clinical documentation.

But there are ways to fix situations like this, when technology interferes with patient care. University of Pennsylvania has their EMRs set up on computers inside the patient rooms, but the computers are on a wall so the doctors have to have their backs towards the patient. Not at my hospital. We use computers on wheels (which naturally has to have an acronym like everything else in health care, but supposedly we can’t say “COW” anymore because it’s offensive), that way clinicians can go right to the patient’s bedside, input the data, and still see and talk to the patient. Does anyone use those touch pads where you can input patient data right into some sort of electronic tablet? That would be awesome! J

Yes, I realize that sometimes too much technology can be a problem, but EMRs are more than a way to ensure correct billing. They reduce prescription errors and other medical errors and can even sometimes decrease patient stay times. Or perhaps I just drank the cool-aid. Maybe someone should set me straight.