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Do We Want To Use EHRs To Foster Physician Behavior Changes?

March 14, 2019


Healthcare organizations already do much to foster physician behavior changes, to varying degrees of success. Sometimes they share educational materials, sometimes they pass on insurance company sanctions and once in a while, they choose the (to my mind) nuclear option and show doctors how they’re comparing to peers on some chosen criterion.

Although it’s a fairly logical step, I was surprised to read that some health systems have also begun to use EHRs to shape physician behavior more directly. According to a story appearing in FierceHealthcare, a handful of systems are toying with changing their EHRs’ user interface to quietly discourage unwanted choices.

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