Making an EHR Work for You

Six years ago, President George W. Bush stated that “by computerizing health records, we can avoid dangerous medical mistakes, reduce costs and improve care.” Since then, computerization has slowly improved the health care system, especially in light of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provided $19 billion in incentives to health care providers that use EHRs. Why they fail, according to experts from the Institute of Medicine who visited health care facilities, may be because they’re simply hard to use: Health care providers have to flip among many screens to access data, which can be more cumbersome that working with paper charts.