Erin Dietsche

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EHR Tasks Take Up Half of the Primary Care Physician’s Workday

Erin Dietsche | MedCity News | September 12, 2017

It’s practically become a mantra in healthcare: EHRs take up too much of physicians’ time. But just how much time do doctors spend on EHR-related tasks? A new study out of the University of Wisconsin and the American Medical Association dug deeper. From 2013 to 2016, researchers analyzed 142 family medicine physicians, all of whom used an Epic EHR, at a system in southern Wisconsin. All data was captured via EHR event log data during clinic hours (8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) and non-clinic hours...

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Four Takeaways from EHRA’s Health IT Usability Summit

Erin Dietsche | Med City News | July 4, 2017


On June 21, the Electronic Health Records Association held its second annual Shaping Usability of Health IT Summit. The event brought together more than 70 individuals, including physicians, EHR developers and even ONC Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Technology Reform John Fleming. Mandy Long, chair of the EHRA Clinician Experience Workgroup and vice president of corporate operations at Modernizing Medicine, co-hosted the summit. In a recent phone interview, Long outlined a few key highlights of the event...

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How an Open Source Campaign is aiding Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Erin Dietsche | MedCity News | October 20, 2017

On September 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. The storm brought down the island’s electrical grid, leaving individuals without power, running water and medical care. That’s why the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved launched the NHIT Care Campaign, an initiative aimed at helping Puerto Rico’s Federally Qualified Health Centers.

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Opinion: How a Few Costly EHRs Could Harm the Healthcare System

Erin Dietsche | Becker's Health IT & CIO Review | March 9, 2017

In a recent blog post, Medsphere President and CEO Irv Lichtenwald outlined his thoughts on how EHRs' prices affect the larger healthcare system. A CNN Money article from last September found healthcare costs increased more in August 2016 than in any other month since 1984. The reason behind the rising costs is, as Mr. Lichtenwald wrote, complex. But technology is largely contributing to such increases...

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