Dr. Brian Patty, the Chief Medical Informatics Officer from Rush University Medical Center, has recently shared his opinion on physician documentation reforms. Currently, the development of electronic health records systems is moving toward universalization, but Dr. Patty believes that the current system is over-burdening doctors. He believes that EHRs are often crowded with too much content and are poorly organized, and the result could be physician frustration and possible medical errors.
Dr. Patty has offered suggestions on what could be done to reduce this data burden. He believes that EHR designers need to create more templates to make it easier and faster to enter information. He also suggests that some of the data required for meaningful use reporting could be recorded by other care team members, thus reducing the amount of time that physicians need to spend on documentation.
These findings were published in Healthcare Informatics on April 15, 2016.