EHR users suffer increased muscle strain

The increase in electronic health record use is causing an increase of musculoskeletal injuries in physicians and other clinicians, according to an article in AuntMinnie.com. The article, reporting on two recent studies published as part of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society annual meeting, found that EHRs were causing repetitive strain injuries in a majority of female doctors and 40 percent of male doctors on at least a weekly basis. The injuries most commonly reported were neck, shoulder and back pain. Article

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