Dr. Larry Earns

Guest Posts by Urgent Care Mentor

9 May, 2016

Answer the following questions honestly. Do you get EHR alerts while charting and:

  1. Not pay attention?
  2. Ignore even those marked “important”?
  3. Delete more alerts than you read?
  4. Think: “I would rather talk to the IRS than see another alert.”?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, you have EHR ALERT FATIGUE.

A recent study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine Revealed that 99% of opiod alerts failed to prevent an adverse drug reaction and highlighted the necessity to eliminate meaningless alerts.


EHR Alert Fatigue

This is just one more reason why UrgentCareMentor has partnered with Urgichart and Forerun Systems.

All of Urgichart’s EHR system alerts can be enabled, disabled or customized based on preference. Investing just a few moments now can save you time and irritation, improve patient care and experience and highlight important, actionable events like drug interactions and decision support. Check our our tips for:

  1. Improving Patient Throughput: Set up an alert for patients who have been in the department for a “long” time (as defined by your clinic) to serve as a warning for patients who may be growing dissatisfied with the speed of care. You can also define individual alerts for orders and status.
  2. Ensuring Continuity of Care: Use the online referral function to create an alert for a patient when he or she arrives. Flag whether the patient is affiliated with PCP groups or ACOs.
  3. Knowing Your Clinical Alerts: Check out the precaution flags on the dashboard – the chief complaint is color-coded by acuity so you notice when a high-acuity patient arrives.
  4. Optimizing Order Entry and Prescription Writing: Performs drug-drug interaction checking!
  5. Defining a Clinical Pathway: Once you define your site criteria (i.e. chief complaint, vital signs, lab orders), UrgiChart will trigger a clinical pathway that provides guidance on the preferred standard of care for patients meeting those criteria.
  6. Turning off Immunization Reminders: You can check “already taken care of” or “declined by patient” so these reminders will stop popping up.

The bottom line: make the system work for you now and we promise your EHR ALERT FATIGUE will fade fast.

Dr. Larry Earl

Dr. Larry Earl

Dr. Larry Earl brings 3 decades of Urgent Care, Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine experience to guide patients.

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