With the majority of US doctors now having used an Electronic Medical Record (EMR/EHR), physician dissatisfaction with EHRs has reached alarming levels. Major surveys point to a national crisis in EHR usability. Physicians complain EHRs are difficult in practice and waste valuable time that could be better spent with patients. Most EHRs, say doctors, have poor user interfaces based on
What a difference a single letter makes
Over the past few years medicine has witnessed Healthcare IT companies re-label their Electronic Medical Records (EMR) as Electronic Health Records (EHR), and then market them to practicing physicians as ‘new and improved’.
Countless EMR companies have followed suit, and now it seems just about everyone is calling their EMR product an EHR, with the ‘H’ for Health implying something bigger and better than the original Electronic Medical Record.
At first glance the letter change makes sense. The argument follows…..