Healthcare IT News recently asked, “Do doctors have to be typists to get MU incentives?” That question reminded me that given the many hours of unreimbursed labor performing EMR data entry at end of day, a significant chunk of a clinician’s workday is spent performing medical secretary services. Let me set the record straight, I am a good typist.  But EMR data entry interfaces are often unnecessarily cumbersome, so clinicians put ...

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How many people would purchase phones if those phones only communicated with other phones in their household? Would a postal service create sufficient value if you could only send letters within your town? Would the value obtained by purchasing a $20,000 car that included a powerful engine, nice audio system, seats with lumbar support and a great air conditioner justify purchase if, after the fact, you learned that to be ...

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