With the widespread adoption of EHRs, we have more data than ever in healthcare. Unfortunately, the way we are using EHRs yields poor data quality for important secondary uses such as population health, precision medicine, and pandemic management. Making the problem worse, we burden clinicians as data entry clerks, which has contributed significantly to provider burnout and career dissatisfaction.
To fully capitalize on the data we have access to we need to step back and reevaluate the EHR as a whole. We must ask ourselves about the information we collect, revisit the clinical quality measure strategies that have been put forth, develop a way to standardize clinical data, and free clinicians do what they do best – care for their patients.
• Explore ways to lessen burden on clinicians with the EHR
• Learn the importance of standardized, harmonious data
• Discuss the ways we need to change our quality measures strategy
• Re-evaluate the actual clinical data we collect as a whole