Thursday, April 2, 2009

News Article: A Patient's Perspective

Take a look at this recent article from The Huffington Post about electronic medical record use -- written from a patient's perspective.

Author Elizabeth Rigley says she's mostly impressed with her doctor's system (she doesn't name the vendor), but also has some concerns. Among them:
  • "The patient does a lot of the typing" [during check-in]
  • "Sick patients typing on the same keyboard = germs"
  • "I hadn't considered that it can take a really long time for a doctor, who rarely typed before as a part of this job, to type in the facts you are telling him. For someone who types quickly, this can be a little excruciating to witness."
Do you see a trend? Using a keyboard for information input is, in a word, problematic.

But this is hardly an unavoidable consequence of EMR. On the contrary, IO Practiceware can actually help you gain speed in the exam room. How?

Two words: Touch Screen!

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2 comments:

  1. Dr. Tristan StrongApril 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Germs are a huge problem. People catch all manner of pesky things from sharing keyboards. Touch screens are clearly the solution. I worry the technology on this may still need training wheels though. If it fails, it could send the whole EMR movement spinning. Thoughts?

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