10 Most Common Mistakes Physicians Make With Their EHRs

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A recent Medscape article listed the 10 most common mistakes made by physicians with regard to their electronic health records.

A survey, released by the American College of Physicians and AmericanEHR Partners in March, showed that EHR user satisfaction fell by 12 percent from 2010 to 2012. According to the Medscape report, mistakes that physicians make also contribute to the overall sense of dissatisfaction with EHRs.

The following are 10 mistakes that physicians commonly make with EHRs:

1. Thinking a site visit to a practice that is using the same EHR product isn't worth the effort.
2. Signing an unvetted contract with a vendor.
3. Neglecting to perform a workflow analysis before implementing EHRs.
4. Undertraining other physicians and staff on EHR use.
5. Refusing to purchase a laboratory or device interface.
6. Entering too much data into the EHR.
7. Doing EHR-related work staffers should be doing.
8. Using shortcuts and workarounds while using EHRs.
9. Creating "shadow" paper documents and believing they are more accurate than EHR information.
10. Accepting inefficiency as the new status quo.

More Articles on EHR Usability:

Study: Certain Types of HIT Systems Offer Greater Value Than Others
10 Recommendations to Improve Usability of EHRs
AMIA's 14 Usability Principles for EMR Design

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