Docs: Improper EHR use as bad as texting and driving

An opinion piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine compares the act of improperly using electronic health records (EHRs) to texting while driving. "As when driving, physicians need to be alert to environmental cues and unexpected turns," the authors, two physicians, write. "We believe the issue of distraction is [relevant], especially given the reality of information chaos during the encounter." The authors suggest a new framework for a workflow that would allow doctors to mainly interact with patients face-to-face and allow nurses and other team members do routine and clerical functions. Piece

 

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