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The EHR Strikes Back!

June 20, 2018

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The last few years have been challenging for the electronic health record (EHR). While the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act succeeded in transitioning the US healthcare system mostly away from paper¹, the resulting electronic systems created a number of new problems². They include diverting attention from patient care, adding to clinician time burdens, and causing outright burnout. Although the underlying problems of quality, safety, and cost of healthcare motivating the use of EHRs still exist, the large-scale adoption of EHRs has yet to solve them in any meaningful way.

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