EMR Survey


I was asked to post a short survey for those of you who use electronic medical records.

How does EMR use affect quality and delivery of health care that you provide? There are a total of about 20 questions and it should take you 2-3 minutes to answer them. The results will be published in a couple of weeks.

If you’d like to provide input, the link is below.



  1. Tim Hulsey, MD on

    I find EMRs from referring offices to be more of a hindrance to efficient use of my time. I have to sift through page after page of useless information to try to understand what I am supposed to be treating. A simple one paragraph note is much more efficient. EMRs are for two purposes only: government control and gathering data the government can access. From a patient care standpoint, they are useless!

    • Agree completely.
      In addition, they actually take longer than a well organized paper chart.
      The only real benefits I can think of from a pure medical/patient standpoint is that 1)they are more legibile(you have to read a 1000 words to find the 1 that matters but you can read them) and 2)the chart is always available and not hiding in the lab/front/nurses desk/etc. This of course assumes the computer didn’t crash or something.

      There is little to no benefit from clinical management, point-of-care decision making, etc. They are all so unwieldy or unaware of confounding patient issues that those support services are useless. Heck, our EMR says that LisinoprilHCT interacts with itself because it it 2 BP meds and could cause hypotension. When stupid stuff like that is alerted then one begins to not pay attention to the alerts.

    • Absolutely- I’ve always said the same thing . The only people that benefit from it are the government and their ability to audit electronic records. It takes me three times as long to document on an electronic record than on paper.

  2. I looked at this survey and it is so obviously biased TOWARD EMR’s that I didn’t fill it out.

    Yes, the support staff does less, but now the doc does more work so instead of hiring extra support staff the ED has to hire more docs. That is a really expensive way to solve problems.

    I’ve used such poorly designed EMR’s that there ordered meds/studies on the wrong patient at least once per shift. From my personal experience, any study that shows they reduce errors is stupid. That is just not the case.

    I’ve used EMR’s so poorly designed, that for each order, a SEPARATE piece of paper was printed out so the nurses could now see the typed order. So instead of all the orders being on one sheet, you could have 20 sheets per patient easily. The use of paper in the ED exploded.

    I could go on and on but now I’m just getting annoyed.

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