Daylight Savings Time EMR Impact, Blue Button, and 4000 clicks/shift

Fall daylight savings is always a pain. Systems don’t like having something happen an hour later, but at the same time as something that happened an hour previous.

I’d love to hear what other people think of Blue Button. Do you think it’s great?

This stat really stood out to me. 4000 clicks/shift. That’s interesting to consider. Although, I wonder how many clicks I do every day of my job as well. I’ve always talked about how the number of clicks doesn’t matter as much as which clicks they are and how the software responds when you click. See my EMR to Piano Player analogy for more on that view.

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John Lynn

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  • John, you muse about how many clicks you do per day as if that were a comparable number. Imagine if someone made you use a software package that added one to two hours of work (Pointless clicks) per day without increasing your productivity (That is, you spent an extra 2 hours per day doing extra work while genrating the same income). This is known as a pay cut. It is why Doctors are up in arms.

  • Kevin,
    I agree. In fact, I think you illustrate my point. It’s not the number of clicks that is the issue. It’s what’s accomplished with those clicks and how those clicks are implemented that matters.

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