The Electronic Health Record: Should Small Practices Adopt this Technology?

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Natasha Salmen
Robert Brodell
Lindsey Brodell Dolohanty


Electronic Health Record, HITECH, MACRA, MIPS


Electronic health records (EHRs) were integrated into the medical field to increase interoperability, enhance patient care and safety, and improve charting methods. Unfortunately, EHRs brought about new problems, including the expensive cost of the hardware and the maintenance, medical and legal problems from cloned notes, increased physician burnout, decreased efficiency, privacy issues, information overload, and an interruption in the doctor-patient relationship. While most hospitals and large practices across the United States have obtained and utilize an EHR, EHRs may not be a feasible or reasonable solution for small or rural practices. 


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