EHR sent this physician back to efficiency of handwritten records
Regarding “EHRs must be made irresistible, but for now are clearly inadequate” (Letters, May 26): I am one of those doctors mentioned by letter writer Christine A. Sinsky, MD, of Dubuque, Iowa, who has the staff reprint much of the medical record for each visit. Then each day, I have my staff scan my handwritten record back into the computer.
I was so glad that Dr. Sinsky has put my feelings into print that one screen at a time, the electronic health records disrupt thought flow and inhibit data synthesizing. The EHR was implemented into this large ophthalmology practice in 2005, and I gave it a year to find out how much it slowed me down, which was about 50%.