Tech Can Turn Doctors into Clerical Workers

Art Papier apapier at VISUALDX.COM
Sat May 19 19:39:45 UTC 2018


It is a wonderful piece, but we need to be precise and not conflate “tech” with the “EHR”.  I have not heard anyone ask for their 4 lb PDR back and say they hate Epocrates.  I have not heard doctors complain about digital radiography, and wish to go back to hanging film on radiology alternators.  Beyond the EHR there are wonderful technology applications that save us time, and help us to deliver better care.  Searching a database with the patient to answer their question will actually communicate to the patient that you care enough to pause, and to look up information about their unique question.  Doing the opposite and blowing off their question can damage the physician patient relationship.   Shooting from the hip and not looking up evidence when it is available can actually be harmful.  Yes to listening to patients and to engaging in their lives.  Yes to thorough physical exams.  But let’s not go back to the paradigm of doctor as all knowing oracle operating from their brain alone, let’s envision a future state where technology can guide people and their clinicians to deliver the best possible knowledge to the decision making moment.
The problem is the failure to create an EHR that guides and enhances clinical thinking.
It is not tech, it is doctors slaving to a billing and bureaucratic compliance system called the EHR.  First step is to rid ourselves of fee for service medicine and then the EHR will begin to improve.

Art Papier MD
CEO VisualDx
Associate Professor Dermatology and Medical Informatics
University of Rochester

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An insightful and troubling, editorial<https://nyti.ms/2GlkYCs> by Abraham Verghese looks at “How Tech Can Turn Doctors into Clerical Workers”.  This is a great read, with one of the best illustrations you will ever see.

Mark L Graber MD FACP
President, SIDM
Senior Fellow, RTI International
Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University
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