Electronic health records (EHRs) continue to make physicians’ lives more complicated. Through the EHR, physicians are being asked to take on ever more tasks that were previously done by office staff or are totally new to medical practice. Physicians maintain coded lists of diagnoses, medications, and allergies; enter orders; initiate referrals; fill out billing forms; fulfill quality reporting requirements; and do population management.
With the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, better known as “meaningful use,” physicians are required to do even more. Stage 2 of meaningful use requires physicians to maintain searchable notes, use clinical decision support, generate lists of patients for quality improvement and reporting, communicate electronically with other providers, exchange summary care records, and perform surveillance or public health reporting.
Mishuris, Rebecca G.; Linder, Jeffrey A., Journal of general internal medicine, Online first, DOI: 10.1007/s11606-012-2304-1