SPOTLIGHT: Making EMRs fit your workflow

If EMRs force doctors to make unnecessary moves or click too many times, it undercuts their value a great deal. In fact, given the amount of time they waste, extra clicks can cost hospitals and medical practices meaningful amounts of money, as much as $1,275 per 3.5 FTEs each year in a typical medical practice, writes Dr. Michael McCoy, EVP and chief medical officer of EMR vendor digiChart. If fact, if EMRs continue to be awkward to use, practices and hospitals may have to pay doctors a differential just to get them to use the system, he suggests. Article