Electronic health Records Are Here. Egad!!
Well, it's been along time coming, but we have finally bitten the bullet and moved into the 21st century. We went live with the Electronic Health Records (EHR) system on February 1. Word was that the transition would be disruptive difficult, and sometimes maddening - and it has been. Nonetheless, the ultimate benefit to both providers and patients are obvious. We want to sincerely apologize to all of you who have had extended wait times as we adjust to this new system. There's just no getting around the fact that it takes a lot longer to click through all of those screens during the patient visit than to take notes and then dictate and finalize charts after patient hours. You just can't do that with EHR and it won't surprise any of you who has ever worked with a computer, that glitches do arise. It will get better. We've been assured of that and it has become our promise to both you and ourselves. We could move things along faster, but not without compromising patient care. We want to make sure that our focus stay on you and not on the laptop that has suddenly inserted itself into the relationship between provider and patient. So please bear with us a little longer as we complete this transition over the next few months. Someday in the not too distant future the system will have become second nature and we will wonder how we ever managed without it.