Electronic health-record systems have been the topic of many studies with conflicting conclusions regarding savings to the healthcare system, quality of patient care and the efficacy of computer-generated documentation. But when landmark studies examine the impact of traditional EHRs on physician practices, the clear, consistent conclusion is that traditional EHRs negatively impact physicians and their practices, which inhibits meaningful adoption.
A recent National Research Council report states that:
- EHRs cause inefficient workflows.
- Clinicians spend more time entering data than using it.
- Meaningful interoperability is almost nonexistent.
- Benefits are significantly less than anticipated.