Does EHR Software Save Time?

Posted on July 7, 2009 I Written By

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The question every doctor wants to ask is, will the EHR save me time?

The answer is an obvious: depends.

Here’s a nice little way to break it down into an EHR’s functions (started by gchiu on EMR Update with a few of my own changes):
Takes Less Time

  • Finding and Retrieving Notes (milliseconds)
  • Doing Refills (minutes)
  • Faxing Off Prescriptions (seconds)
  • Making Appointments (seconds)
  • Looking Up Results (milliseconds)
  • Doing Calculations (DAS28, Framingham) (seconds)
  • Drug Interactions (seconds)
  • Reporting to Recall Patients (minutes)
  • Reprinting Letters (seconds)
  • Looking Up ICD9s (seconds)

Takes More Time

  • Documenting an Encounter (Level of Documentation Is Now Higher than Before?)
  • Entering Initial Diagnosis List
  • Writing Prescriptions

Please feel free to add to this list in the comments and I’ll update the post. I also started a page on the EMR and EHR wiki of the above EMR and EHR time savings and also started the list of EHR benefits and costs. I certainly encourage more people to contribute there as well.