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

March 14, 2019

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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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