Why Your Electronic Medical Record Upgrade Feels Like A Downgrade

Why Your Electronic Medical Record Upgrade Feels Like A Downgrade

All software undergoes periodic upgrades. This may happen every few years (think Windows or the Macintosh operating systems) or every few months (think Microsoft Word and Powerpoint). Electronic medical records are no different. Sometimes, software upgrades are for improved security, sometimes for better user-friendliness, and sometimes to provide additional features. But whenever they happen, they cause […]

Why The Medication List In Your Electronic Medical Record is Wrong

Why The Medication List In Your Electronic Medical Record is Wrong

The importance of an accurate medication list for every outpatient cannot be overstated. In theory, the electronic medical record should improve the accuracy of the medication list but in reality, medication lists are very often inaccurate. The act of verifying the medication list is called “medication reconciliation” which sounds so easy on the surface but […]

Flagellation With The Electronic Medical Record

Flagellation With The Electronic Medical Record

Humans always have a way of making their lives harder than they really need to be. The electronic medical record gives us a great tool to do this and creates an opportunity for endless self-flagellation. Our hospital (Ohio State University) uses Epic, a pretty good electronic medical record. I also practice at Select Specialty Hospital […]