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Strategies Provided for Improving EHR Efficiency

Tips include educating staff about preferences and processes, using own templates to reduce editing

THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Several strategies can be implemented in order to better use electronic health records (EHRs) for patient care and efficiency, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

Noting that many physicians struggle with EHR use, the article discusses strategies and considerations to help physicians better navigate use of the EHR.

Physicians should be aware of the illusion of anonymity and be cautious with communication in electronic medical records, according to the article. Educating staff about preferences and processes allows them to help with electronic work. Patient information that is used routinely should be standardized using tools that are available in the EHR; this can improve documentation and save time. Other recommendations include setting small goals when necessary and dealing with lab results in one setting rather than putting aside complicated work. Finally, use of one's own templates can reduce the amount of editing needed with use of standardized templates.

"EHRs afford us many advantages compared with the days of a paper chart. However, as with all technology, unforeseen consequences can result even from useful technology," according to the article. "Thinking through your own processes and adopting rigor can tip the balance of your EHR from aggravating to helpful."

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