Following yesterday's news that a CPOE system from Cerner was tied to an increase in patient mortality rates, there was more bad news for electronic medical record vendors today. Arizona-based Navapache Regional Medical Center said it will not continue a trial of the Emergisoft EMR it started last December in its emergency department. The hospital is going back to scanning paper records. That, the hospital says, is as electronic as it wants to be for now. "Emergisoft's weak point was its documentation application--it was not user friendly and was forcing our staff to spend more time at the computer bay and less time with the patient," said a hospital spokeswoman. "We saw this a patient safety and dissatisfaction issue."
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