One of the biggest challenges facing health care professionals today is one that comes with the territory of advancement – technology overload, according to a recent blog post for SearchHealthIT.
Electronic health record (EHR) seems to be a buzzword for almost anyone in health care. And, depending upon who you ask, they might have incredibly strong feelings about it. The article’s author, TechTarget’s editorial director Scott Wallask, recounts a conversation he had with a young nurse who was less than pleased with the emphasis on technology use:
…when I mentioned electronic health records (EHR) systems, she unleashed on me. ‘I don’t want to spend more time holding a device and looking at it while I’m seeing a patient,’ she said. She lamented that many primary care physicians stare at computer screens during annual checkups instead of looking at their patients’ faces.
Hers is a sentiment that is gaining traction these days. Despite all the focus on updating health care technology to improve patient care, the amount of data that physicians, nurses and other caretakers have to wade through is staggering. And that means more time can be spent filling in records and wrangling the technology than dealing with patients face-to-face.
Health IT needs to become smarter and better able to assist those who use it. The human aspect of health care is paramount to improving the patient experience and to ensuring better outcomes for everyone involved, so when technology gets in the way, no one wins.