The EHR's roles in collaboration between providers: A qualitative study

Dian A. Chase, Joan Ash, Deborah Cohen, Jennifer Hall, Gary M. Olson, David Dorr

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Examine how the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and its related systems support or inhibit provider collaboration.

BACKGROUND: Health care systems in the US are simultaneously implementing EHRs and transitioning to more collaborative delivery systems; this study examines the interaction between these two changes.

METHODS: This qualitative study of five US EHR implementations included 49 interviews and over 60 hours of provider observation. We examined the role of the EHR in building relationships, communicating, coordinating, and collaborative decision-making.

RESULTS: The EHR plays four roles in collaboration: a repository, a messenger, an orchestrator, and a monitor. While EHR performance varied, common themes were decreased trust due to poor quality documentation, incomplete communication, potential for increased effectiveness through better coordination, and the emerging role of the EHR in identifying performance gaps.

CONCLUSION: Both organizational and technical innovations are needed if the EHR is to truly support collaborative behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1718-1727
Number of pages10
JournalAMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium
Volume2014
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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