While computerized charting may be inevitable as per Leeder, badly designed computerized charting is not. Many of us have experienced the problems experienced by Evans, not because nurses and physicians are stupid or opposed to information technology, but because the currently available technology is cumbersome, user unfriendly, requires a complete change of workflow patterns and is expensive out of all proportion to its benefits. If we accept poorly designed technology, we will actually slow the application of computer science to medicine as healthcare information technology systems are uninstalled at the same rate as they are installed. If in evaluating a system, the physicians cannot immediately realize both cost and time savings, along with improvements in patient care, then they need to demand improvements before adopting health IT.
Everest "Tad" Whited, M.D.Family practitionerPflugerville, Texas To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title and hometown.