The Electronic Health Record "Toolbox."

The Electronic Health Record

Michael A Krall, MD

Spring 2005 - Volume 9 Number 2


The electronic health record is like a toolbox that clinicians can use to help manage their practice, take better care of their patients, and improve their documentation and efficiency. But to take full advantage of a toolbox, the carpenter must have familiarity and experience with all of its components, have a sense about which tool is optimal for a given job, and have the discipline to use that tool, even if at first it might seem difficult or cumbersome. When building a fine piece of furniture, or even a serviceable one, the initial investment made in "measuring twice and cutting once," or "letting the glue set," later yields great rewards in time, effort, and quality of the finished product. The same can be said when utilizing an electronic health record.

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