The question every doctor wants to ask is, will the EHR save me time?
The answer is an obvious: depends.
Here’s a nice little way to break it down into an EHR’s functions (started by gchiu on EMR Update with a few of my own changes):
Takes Less Time
- Finding and Retrieving Notes (milliseconds)
- Doing Refills (minutes)
- Faxing Off Prescriptions (seconds)
- Making Appointments (seconds)
- Looking Up Results (milliseconds)
- Doing Calculations (DAS28, Framingham) (seconds)
- Drug Interactions (seconds)
- Reporting to Recall Patients (minutes)
- Reprinting Letters (seconds)
- Looking Up ICD9s (seconds)
Takes More Time
- Documenting an Encounter (Level of Documentation Is Now Higher than Before?)
- Entering Initial Diagnosis List
- Writing Prescriptions
Please feel free to add to this list in the comments and I’ll update the post. I also started a page on the EMR and EHR wiki of the above EMR and EHR time savings and also started the list of EHR benefits and costs. I certainly encourage more people to contribute there as well.