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Researchers suggest novel metrics to assess EHR use

An opinion article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine proposed applying six novel metrics to measure clinician use of EHRs, which researchers believe "will identify the burdens of inefficient practice so administrators and clinicians can work together to improve professional fulfillment." The proposed metrics include the ratio of staff-entered to physician-entered EHR tasks; amount of time spent logged in to the EHR during non-work hours; the EHR's regulatory effect on the practice; and rates of visits in which the EHR tasks compete for the attention of the physician.

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