Why Switching EHRs is such a Hassle

One of the biggest hassles for a physician is when they have to switch from one electronic health record system to another. Some of the reasons that a physician may want to switch their electronic health record system are because their current EHR is not user-friendly, they want better customization of the EHR, or their current EHR costs too much. Not only can the switching process be costly to the physicians’ practice, but it will also require the doctor and their employees to allocate a bunch of time and effort – time that could be well spent treating a patient. Despite allocating a vast portion of their time to go through the EHR switching process, the part that causes physicians to be apprehensive when considering switching EHR’s is the actual transferring of their patient’s health records itself. Patient health records contain extremely sensitive and confidential information, and not transferring EHR data properly or promptly can cause these records to be compromised.

The reason that physicians use EHR systems, aside from the mandate, is so that they do not have to enter their patients’ data manually. Technology is transforming all industries across the world, and the medical field is no different. Entering all of this complex data manually will take a large amount of time, but unfortunately, physicians sometimes find themselves in that situation when they switch their electronic health record system. When switching EHR’s, often the data and records can be duplicated or re-formatted. For example, the EHR may order patients by their first name, last name, when in reality the old EHR had it listed vice versa. It may also be that one EHR had freehand entries, and the other has mostly menus. Additionally, there made me elements, such as allergies, immunizations, that may not exist as concrete data on one EHRs, and therefore cannot be moved using an ordinary database to database transfers.

In this instance, the physician or his/her employees will have to substantial additional time per patient manually fix this issue. This is completely counterproductive because it defeats the purpose of using an EHR. The reason that physicians use EHRs is so that they do not have to enter records and data in the first place manually. Moreover, in today’s technological climate, data moves at the speed of light. This is, of course, true for everywhere except for the medical industry. Not only are EHR and Institutions incentivized to make it difficult to switch, but also, even if everyone wanted to there is still no common data model that can accommodate a smooth transfer. Also, this is why doctors are skeptical about switching their electronic health record systems.

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