Posted by: Tony Shannon | November 30, 2018

Why Doctors hate their Computers

Atul Gawande is a respected doctor who has written some pretty useful stuff as books that have been well received, are thought provoking and made an impact already.

For those who dont know his work see here

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

and more importantly here

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

So when I noted his recent article online entitled

Why Doctors Hate Their Computers

it had to be read..

Now you might expect a medical doctor like myself who has moved into healthcare IT to be upset by his article. On the contrary, I was very glad to see it. The fact is this medical leader , who has no reason to pick a battle with the health IT industry has joined others who are calling the dysfunction of current healthIT out.

He takes aim at the Electronic Health Record industry and deservedly so, its decades out of date, behind the rest of the tech curve and holding healthcare back.

Several of us have been pushing for a new approach for some years now, one focussed on usability, integration and a good fit with the clinical process.. Its great to see others raise the volume on that call.


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