Monthly Archives: July 2009

A White Paper About EMR Workflow, Usability, and Productivity in Pediatric and Primary Care

Short Link: http://j.mp/6vd4Zp
This letter to the New York Time’s editor about the adoption of traditional EMR systems in primary care sums up the problem:
“A high-volume, low-margin business like primary care medicine simply cannot support the costs. These include both the very high dollar cost of buying and maintaining a system and the huge drop in productivity [...]

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EMR Featuritis, Usability, and Workflow: A Video

Short Link: http://j.mp/5CRUr8
Today’s trend is to add more and more EMR features. At first only the most important features are created and special attention is paid to simple and elegant usability. However, each additional feature adds less and less value, until adding features actually reduces the total value of having a EMR in the first [...]

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The Cognitive Psychology of EHR/EMR Usability and Workflow

Short Link: http://j.mp/7fbVl1
Which targets are easier to hit quickly, accurately, and repeatedly? Small checkboxes or large buttons?

If this was an interactive Flash demo, I’d give you some instructions about what to click in what order and then present back to you some speed and error statistics. Since it is not a Flash demo–yet–at the end of [...]

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A Conversation About EMRs, Workflow, Usability, and Productivity

Short Link: http://j.mp/6vyEuD
Frank Martin posted a comment to one of my earlier posts that triggered the following conversation. I am “promoting” this conversation to a full fledged weekly post because I think its content deserves it. (And maybe just a little because this is a holiday weekend.)

Frank: We here at EncounterPRO have become very comfortable with [...]

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Some Mid-Nineties Medical Informatics Course Outlines: Enjoy!

Short Link: http://j.mp/6vyEuD
Last week I wrote about how I became interested in EHR workflow management systems. While looking for some diagrams to illustrate relationships among medicine, business, and technology, I happened to browse some old medical informatics-related material and syllabi for courses that I taught at Duquesne University.
For example, here is a 1997 RealVideo of me [...]

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