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VA Ready to Junk Vista Commentary 

VA Ready to Junk Vista

For as long as anyone can remember, the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) has managed patient data on VistA, their EHR system that was started in the 1970s. VistA consists of 180 different applications for clinical, financial, administrative and infrastructure functions in the VA. The Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) represents the common clinical graphical user interface started in the... Read More
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Commentary 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

In a recent article on titled “EHR Re-evaluation and Replacement is on the Rise”, Stephen Campbell reports that the replacement market for EHR systems is being driven by ‘systems that are too complex (in form and function)’ and the trend to cloud-hosted systems that run on mobile devices. He defines the ‘Goldilocks’ Principle as finding the right application for... Read More
A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words Commentary 

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

Many patient conditions are difficult to describe accurately but can easily be captured by a digital photo. While most hospital EMRs will accept photo files, the process can be very cumbersome. A digital camera has to be found, the picture taken, then uploaded to the hospital EMR system through a PC. This not only takes time and multiple devices but... Read More
Your Nurses May Hate Your Hospital’s EHR Commentary 

Your Nurses May Hate Your Hospital’s EHR

That’s the title of an article seen in Healthcare Business & Technology. The article draws from a survey of 14,000 registered nurses and covers many of the systems in place today: 94% of nurses thought that the EHR hurt communication with patients and physicians instead of helping. Among the factors nurses noted as frustrating were: • Having different interfaces for doctors and... Read More