Improve EHR systems to see hospital productivity gains
Regarding the guest commentary “Hospital (un) productivity” (Modern Healthcare.com, Dec. 10), electronic health records have been responsible for a substantial portion of the inefficiency we are experiencing. Hopefully, that will turn around in the future, but that will not happen until the systems become far easier to use and interoperability between systems exist.
One only needs to walk around a hospital to see the army of nurses and doctors sitting for hours behind computer screens entering and searching for relevant data about their patients. So we have $75/hour and $200/hour professionals typing and clicking. The environment is not McDonald’s or a Ford assembly plant.
Only when highly paid professionals are able to interact with computers using natural speech to store information and then search for concepts and reports will EHRs increase productivity.
Dr. Thomas Reminga