EMR vs Tumblr, EMR Issues, and Improving Care

Posted on October 20, 2013 I Written By

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As we do almost every weekend (every other week on EMR and EHR), we like to take a look at some interesting tweets that we find related to EMR and health IT. We have a bunch of spicy tweets this week that I think each start an important conversation.

My first gut reaction was to laugh. It’s nice that someone is using Tumblr as their therapy for EMR issues. Although, my second reaction is to be a little frustrated that an EMR would be so poorly designed that you could close your EMR in the middle of a report and it wouldn’t be saved. Of course, this isn’t surprising to me since I’ve seen hundreds of EMR, but it is still sad that it’s the state of EMR software today. Imagine if Word was still that way today.

I think this is an important discussion. I think there are workarounds that help this situation. We’ve written about many of them over the years. However, it definitely takes some good design to make the patient the center of the work you do as a doctor and not the EMR.

I love the irony of Farzad’s statement. The real challenge with this idea is that humans can adjust and learn over time much better than computers. At least in the short term. We’ll see how that plays out in the long term as the volume of information that needs to be processed can’t be handled by the human brain.