- How many workarounds, apps and widgets are necessary additions to make the program usable?
- Are these add-ons value added or desperately needed to succeed?
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Could Your Electronic Health Record Function Without Workarounds?
The Electronic Health Record is a complex tool that hopefully improves communication, fix the legibility issue, and decrease medical errors. However, the "Devil is always in the details".
Wikipedia states a workaround is a bypass of a recognized problem in a system. A workaround is typically a temporary fix that implies a genuine solution to the problem is needed. But workarounds are frequently as creative as true solutions, involving outside the box thinking in their creation.
Computer software that causes a computer to perform useful tasks beyond running the computer itself is called Application software, program, or app.
A GUI widget or control is an element of a Graphical user interface- GUI that displays information arrangement changeable by the user, such as a window or text box. The defining characteristic of a widget is to provide a single interaction point for the direct manipulation of a given kind of data.
A true test of your EHR is:
Some of these additions can add major value superimposed on an efficient, walk-up usable computer program. The problem is they are necessary at great cost to survive the electronic world.