87% of Physicians Say Quantity of EHR Alerts 'Excessive'

Doctors are missing three in 10 patient test results generated by electronic health record systems, research shows. The problem is a matter not only of volume, but of how alerts are communicated.

2 comments on "87% of Physicians Say Quantity of EHR Alerts 'Excessive'"
Chris (3/12/2013 at 5:47 AM)

As somebody who configures systems in hospitals, my experience with physicians is that there is typically a "doctor user forum" where we go and demo the next feature of the system to be implemented. There might be 100 physicians using the system, but only 5 to 10 show up to the meeting, and of those who show up, one physician will say, I need 10 alerts. The other ones agree, and now physicians have the 10 alerts, even though 90 of them might only need 2 or 3. Then we get emails saying, I'm overloaded with alerts, but by then, we have to have another meeting to modify the system, and well, cycle repeats. 10 doctors show up, and well, nothing gets done.
Regulation Room (3/5/2013 at 3:03 PM)

The federal government is updating the National Health Information Technology Strategic Plan. The Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative (CeRI) has partnered with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to facilitate public participation in these efforts. CeRI's participation website (http://planningroom.org/) will provide a forum for understanding the goals and strategies for development of e-health records, health information exchanges and consumer health IT products. It makes it easier for a broad range of interested participants – doctors, patients, caregivers, other healthcare providers and developers – to have their say. If you have any suggestions or comments relating to the adoption of e-Health practices in the US healthcare system, please join the discussion soon when the site launches at http://planningroom.org/


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