NYeC News: Vol 51: September 22, 2014

How Moving to and Interconnecting EHRs Will Pay Dividends to Patients Doctors

As Kimberly Leonard points out in her U.S. News World Report article (“Doctors Say Electronic Records Waste Time,” Sept. 8, 2014), doctors are frustrated with the time it takes to use electronic health records. This is only natural. Moving from paper to digital communication is a different way of communicating and takes time to become proficient. If we think about electronic health records as a way for doctors to communicate more effectively rather than merely as a way to digitize a paper chart, then their value is greatly enhanced. Such records are just the first step in unleashing the power of health information technology.