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Practice tip of the week: Why your EHR is just not enough


Your weekly dose of wisdom from the Physicians Practice experts.

With all the useful information available on Physicians Practice, it is easy to become overwhelmed.

With this in mind, the tip of the week is a chance to reflect on some of the wisdom found all across the site.

In a July 2021 story on the crucial capabilities missing from your EHR, Sanjeev Agrawal and Mohan Giridharadas write the following:

“The EHR is excellent at doing what it was designed and chosen to do—harnessing all of the clinical, financial, operational, and patient-specific data in one place to create a single source of truth for the entire health system. It provides a unified view of all patient encounters across time and across all points of care, showing clinicians and staff a current view of the patient’s unique characteristics; however, the EHR cannot perform tasks it wasn’t built to perform.

There are three fundamental reasons why your EHR isn’t enough:

1). EHRs have a flawed concept of an appointment.

2). EHRs encourage a first-come-first-scheduled mindset.

3). EHRs do not have capacities for probability theory or discrete event simulation.”

Come back next week for another tip of the week.

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