Because of this, he believes a way to keep physicians from leaving the profession over EHR issues is to get them involved in design and improvement processes.
“Also, interoperability among systems should be a federal requirement for companies developing and selling EHR products,” Gebke says. “This will improve care for patients visiting multiple facilities and minimize cost related to duplicate testing and treatment.”
Things are improving
Munzoor Shaikh, director of West Monroe’s healthcare and life sciences practice in Chicago, says that while some doctors are leaving medicine due to technology learning curves, the industry is past the EHR implementation phase and has entered an EHR optimization phase where the user experience on the physician side should be improving.
“Those who have more patience than others have stuck around; hopefully this optimization phase will save some more doctors from leaving,” he says. “That said, there are some physicians who are fundamentally not built for this tech-driven world.”