Im­prove EHR sys­tems to see hos­pi­tal pro­duc­tiv­ity gains

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the guest com­men­tary “Hos­pi­tal (un) pro­duc­tiv­ity” (Mod­ern Health­, 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


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