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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Using EHRs

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While electronic health record design flaws exist, individual physicians and their practices also often make mistakes that can add to the frustration of working with EHRs, according to a Medscape Business of Medicine report.

Here are the 10 biggest mistakes that physicians make when using EHRs:

1. Purchasing an EHR without making a site visit to a similar practice using the same EHR.
2. Signing an unvetted contract.
3. Neglecting to perform a workflow analysis.
4. Under-training physicians and staff on EHR use.
5. Refusing to purchase a laboratory or device interface.
6. Entering too much data into the EHR.
7. Doing EHR-related work your staffers should do.
8. Using shortcuts and workarounds.
9. Creating "shadow" paper documents.
10. Accepting inefficiency as the new status quo.

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