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You need to ask these important questions before choosing an EHR

Posted by Adele Field on Mar 7, 2018 3:20:41 PM

ALL EHRs are not created equal. EHR usability directly impacts the burden of documentation.

The leading EHRs securely manage patient health information, but the way they do this can be vastly different. When clinical documentation is a source of frustration for doctors, there is a mismatch between their preferred documentation workflow and the EHR user interface. In fact, a top cause of physician dissatisfaction with their EHRs is spending too much time on tedious data entry tasks. EHR usability should be a primary consideration because it can alleviate -- or conversely, increase -- the burden of documentation.

Here are five critical questions to ask when evaluating the usability of an EHR.

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Tags: Blog, EHR Usability, EHRs

6 Critical Considerations for Choosing an EHR

Posted by Adele Field on Mar 7, 2018 3:00:59 PM

By Adele Field, ZyDoc Marketing & Communications Director

Which EHR Should You Choose?

1. Is your practice ready to adopt a new workflow?

Do your research to learn how closely the proposed new EHR’s workflow will approximate your current (legacy) methods of handling PHI. If the new workflow logic will force a radically different approach to entering, organizing, and accessing patient health records, there will be a difficult period of adjustment for your physicians and staff. EHR usability is a hot-button issue, with many vendors falling short. Poor usability will cause significant frustration and inefficiency for your EHR users. If the user interface feels very difficult or will require significantly more staff resources than available, look for another EHR. Charting in an EHR requires a constant flow of data in and data out, a process that can take up to 2 hours per patient visit. An interface that is not user-friendly can make this process onerous. On the other hand, if the interface is generally user-friendly, it may be a good choice for your practice.

Make a list of what you want the EHR to do, and compare features between several different systems.

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Tags: Blog, EHR Usability, EHRs

Is Speech Recognition Safe... Enough?

Posted by Adele Field on Feb 20, 2018 11:24:15 AM

By Adele Field, ZyDoc Marketing & Communications Director

Anyone who has tried to seriously use speech recognition in the last few years for clinical documentation – or any other purpose – knows two things: SR is far from perfect, and SR is getting better all the time. 

It’s popular in emergency departments for obvious reasons. The concept is a natural match for the rapid pace of an ER or radiology department – it allows doctors to transmit critical information quickly so that more patients can be seen, diagnosed more quickly, and treated more effectively.

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Tags: Blog, Transcription Services, speech recognition

Scribes vs. transcription? It's not just about speed.

Posted by Adele Field on Jan 30, 2018 11:32:51 PM

By Adele Field, ZyDoc Marketing & Communications Director

Disclaimer: ZyDoc’s core business is providing secure web-based medical transcription and EHR data insertion services. ZyDoc also offers remote scribing.

Transcriptionists and scribes share a common Latin word origin, scribere, “to write,” and can trace their roots back to antiquity. They have been around since the days of committing words and transactions to papyrus for philosophers and kings. In the current era of electronic health records, employing elite corps of language specialists is still the go-to solution for navigating the complexities of documentation. Both transcriptionists and scribes generate clinical documentation under the guidance of physicians for inclusion in the EHR. Both reduce the time-consuming, unnecessary cognitive overload imposed on clinicians by suboptimal EHR user interfaces that require counter-intuitive data entry by keyboard and mouse. Both solve the same problem, but they do it differently.

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Tags: Blog, EHR Usability, Transcription Services, scribes

Is your documentation method leading to burnout?

Posted by Adele Field on Oct 4, 2017 11:23:03 PM

By Adele Field
ZyDoc Marketing & Communications Director

While a variety, and combination, of factors contribute to physician burnout, it is indisputable that burnout is real, and it is increasingly pervasive in the medical community.

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Tags: Blog, EHR Usability, Transcription Services