Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The way our system is set up I have to type the patient encounter into the low-bid EMR, and, with some service-members I have to write it down on paper too, and then enter it into a separate database by computer. So, for a thirty minute appointment, I typically spend 5 minutes with the patient and 25 with the computer. And since I get paid the same no matter what it is relatively easy to understand why so much hinges on what form our health care system will take... on whether physicians will retain some monetary incentive for working harder or smarter. If not they may all turn into me! I leave the building at 4pm sharp each day and the phones roll-over to phone-tree hell at exactly the same moment.
And this EMR thing... Oh my goodness, I agree that it is nice to see previous encounters on patients in real time and to have labs and rads at my fingertips, but the amount of garbage information in each encounter is, I would guess, around 90%. Any EMR not designed by and for providers will be a dismal failure, just like the one I use now.
Posted by 911DOC at Wednesday, October 20, 2010