Like ‘em or hate ‘em, electronic health records are here to stay. Now it’s just a matter of making them work to the best of their ability for patients and clinicians.
Some recent efforts are afoot to rethink the approach to these glorified billing systems from the bottom up. Others are focused on refining and streamlining their user experience to combat the scourge of burdensome charting and alleviate burnout.
In the meantime, with more than 18 million COVID-19 cases and counting so far in the U.S., it’s never been clearer that interoperable, ideally telehealth-connected digital records are essential for quality care and public health going forward.
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