The Misconceptions About EMR Based Documentation

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When considering office based practices, there is much dispute regarding the ability of EMRs to add to practice productivity. Where large hospitals and medical groups have been successful in driving improved outcomes, small practices have struggled to develop consistency. This disparity can be attributed to the limitation of resources in case of smaller practices.


Documenting patient encounters electronically or otherwise is often regarded as a killjoy in the medical profession. However, physicians recognize its importance in providing better care. EMRs are largely promoted as a quality assurance check, with their built in clinical decision support systems allowing physicians to work more fluidly. In practice though, most providers end up reporting productivity losses in the year of implementation. Vendors will be quick to suggest a learning curve for effective use and while this carries weight, the general provider consensus regarding electronic documentation is that “it’s just not efficient enough.”

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