Dear Electronic Medical Record

Dear EMR (Electronic Medical Record),

Where to start? When we first met, I was enamored. We were both young and much less jaded back then. Things were simple. You knew what I needed and I knew what you needed. And it worked. But a lot has changed over the years. Our initially simple relationship has gotten messy and much more complicated. I still want you in my life because I believe in you and your potential. Your intention is definitely good, but as I’ve gotten to know you over the past few years, it’s gotten hard to tease out the real you from all the other stresses. You are constantly pre-occupied with the finances and have become more demanding. I am willing to forgive you for hanging out with the girls in billing and the lady lawyers in their fancy high heels. I won’t leave you, and, anyway, we’re practically inseparable at this point. But I do keep vacillating between just working around the idiosyncrasies you’ve developed and trying to change you back to your previous self. But, we both know that won’t happen, don’t we? We won’t ever be that simple or young again. But let’s not forget for whom we should really exist… each other.

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2 thoughts on “Dear Electronic Medical Record

  1. Relationships. Enjoyable, frustrating, and always requiring attention. What a great way to describe one’s experience with an EMR!

    To take your lead, if I may, please let me add that even a “good EMR” has its short-comings. But short-comings are usually on both sides of the relationship. Consequently, mutual commitment to that relationship is what ultimately brings about success.

    Healthcare delivery is in a state of transition. And not every provider is ready, or even needing to enter into ah EHR relationship. But many will. And for those that do, the value of commitment will become unquestionable … in spite of the little annoyances along the way. 😉

    • Thanks for you thoughts, Tom. 🙂 This was actually a tongue-in-cheek post born out of a couple days of trying to find pertinent information on some patients through their outside records. I literally spent two hours pouring over one stack. There appeared to be more automated data inputed into these notes than actual physician notes. Too much fluff and not much meat. And the important stuff was hard to find! Regardless, I am definitely a proponent for EMR, despite the fact that it currently seems to predominantly serve the following groups: legal, billing, and insurance.

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