EMR Documentation Pitfalls, EMR Adoption Numbers, and from the Hospital EMR

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This article is one of the most thoughtful pieces I’ve read about the challenges and benefits of EMR versus paper charts. It hits the nail on the head of the opportunities that are available with EMR, but also the stark realities of what’s happening with EMR implementations as well. Go read it and I think you’ll agree.

I’m always suspicious of EMR adoption rates that are put out there. This one puts EMR adoption at 69%. What I think is more significant is the change in EMR adoption rate from their previous survey in 2009 where EMR adoption was at 46%. A 23% increase in EMR adoption is definitely a trend, but we didn’t need a survey to tell us that shift was happening.

You should probably just go read all of Dr. Killpatient on Twitter. Yes, I’m sure many of you will cringe at what’s tweeted. I did in some cases too, but it is a really transparent look into one ER doc’s views. I wonder what his nurses would think of the tweet above. It’s also interesting what’s documented in the EMR. I wonder what Dr. Killpatients note looked like. Probably not as specific as the tweet.