10 Mistakes to Avoid When Using EHRs

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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