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Practice Fusion Optimizes New EHR For Tablets
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Gary_EL
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10/28/2014 | 1:45:39 PM
Using Both
I hope it's not a question of either/or. The tablet's advantage is that it is small enough to be easily carried around, and makes it possible to enter results as soon as they happen, rather than to try to remember them later with the inherent possibility of error. For most anything else, the desktop/laptop, because of the larger screen and keyboard, is a better choice.
Alison_Diana
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10/29/2014 | 9:33:18 AM
Re: Using Both
According to Practice Fusion, their new EHR works well across both desktops and tablets and a later version will also extend to smartphones. As you say, clinicians need to access all devices, depending on where they are and what they're doing. One of the benefits of EHRs is the freedom it gives doctors to access patients' records from afar -- if they're at home, for example, when a patient is admitted to the emergency department. Most likely doctors would then access an EHR via tablet or phone. However, if they're researching a patient's case they're more apt to use a desktop because of the larger screen and keyboard.

By using the same controls and user interface, the EHR doesn't require extra training; reduces user error, and clinicians will be more productive since they'll quickly learn where all the shortcuts and most common tools reside. It makes a lot of sense, in theory, and will be interesting to see how the market -- that is, real doctors, nurses, and other medical staff -- respond. 


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