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Physician viewpoint: How to remove ‘stupid stuff’ from EHRs

Becker’s Hospital Review
Jessica Kim Cohen
November 9, 2018

It’s time to cut unnecessary work from the EHR, according to a perspective in The New England Journal of Medicine by Melinda Ashton, MD, a physician with Hawaii Pacific Health in Honolulu.

In the article, Dr. Ashton describes a program she and her colleagues launched in October 2017, called “Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff.” In an effort to engage clinicians and reduce burnout, the program team asked all employees at the healthcare network to review their daily documentation practices and nominate aspects of the EHR they thought were “poorly designed, unnecessary or just plain stupid.”