Thinking About Replacing Your EHR? Think Again!

Recent studies continue to echo that providers are dissatisfied with their EHRs, particularly as related to provider productivity. The 2016 Medscape EHR Report published this past August states that at least half of the 15,000 providers they surveyed believe their EHR slows down their workflow, negatively impacts face-to-face interactions with patients, and limits the number of patients they can see.

In October, Deloitte’s Survey of U.S. Physicians stated that three out of four physicians believe electronic health records increase practice costs and outweigh any efficiency savings, while 70% think their EHR reduces their own productivity.

In spite of the hefty investment already made in an EHR, Medscape reported that 17% of providers still plan to switch EHR vendors. PEER 60 Research’s 2016 report, Physician’s Take on EHRs, cites a lower, but still significant rate of 11% of physicians in ambulatory settings actively looking to replace their EHR. However, the report adds the fatalistic disclaimer that replacement rates are only this low because providers “have very few expectations of anything better on the horizon.”

Whether motivated by cost, intimidation about data migration, or a lack of faith in the availability of a better alternative, the vast majority of ambulatory practices tend to be leaning towards optimizing their existing EHR rather than replacing it.

An article in EHR Intelligence this month cites a study by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), which reports that 92% of healthcare CIOs are currently focused on EHR optimization. Optimizing an existing EHR adds value to their already sizeable investment, and eliminates the time and aggravation of migrating data and training staff on a completely new system.

A common optimization wish is for a faster, less click-intensive way to enter EHR notes. NoteSwift, working with speech recognition, enables providers using Allscripts Professional EHR™ to enter each patient note in fewer than 5 clicks. In fact, many notes can be completed with a single click, just to validate e-Prescribe data. On its own, speech recognition software allows you to enter narrative text into the EHR by voice. NoteSwift takes the voice entry of patient notes to the next level — enabling providers to navigate EHR screens, fill check boxes, select from dropdown menus, and enter the required structured data to meet federal and insurance requirements – all by voice. Physicians complete documentation in 40% less time, allowing more time to spend with their patients, see and bill more patients, and have more time for their families and other interests.

In her article last month in MedCity News, Lisa Suennen said, “…the natural human thing that is our voice may well be the most interesting 200,000-year overnight sensation to bring meaning to medicine.” NoteSwift is making this sensation a reality.


Allan Stratton is Director of Products and Innovation at NoteSwift

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