The Anonymous Administrator: 

 Electronic Health Records

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The Anonymous Administrator 

 

In this column, we ask administrators about the most pressing issues in healthcare and share their insights anonymously, giving them the freedom to be frank and uninhibited. 

 

Oftentimes, we ask physicians similar questions, so if there’s a particular issue you’re interested in, jump over to The Anonymous Physician to hear physicians’ take on it!

 

It’s our hope that sharing the insights of physicians and administrators throughout the country will spark conversation and help our readers understand healthcare’s issues from multiple points of view. 

 

This time, we’re taking on Electronic Health Records.

 

The Issue: 

 

Many doctors view the shift to Electronic Health Records as a big headache, but there’s no doubt that they’re the way of the future. This is forcing physicians to adapt rapidly in spite of their resistance. 

 

The Question:

 

Why is the shift to Electronic Health Records so important, and what kind of impact is it having on physicians?

 

The Answer:

 

The perspective of healthcare administrators is that the electronic health record (EHR) is an operational innovation that improves quality of care, efficiency, and patient safety. A misperception of administrators is not recognizing the significant burden that the current EHR workflow places on physicians from a time and hassle-factor perspective. It is a misperception to not recognize that the EHR is a significant cause of the current epidemic of physician burnout that is occurring in the US. 

 

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