What we learned at the WBUR Town Hall…

This week, nearly 100 health professionals, patients, and community members gathered at the WBUR studios to discuss the ways electronic medical records (EMRs) affect how we practice and experience medicine, and what we can do about it.

The event began with a few words from a panel of clinicians and patients before opening up the conversation to the audience. The panelists included Dr. Galina Tan, a resident at Cambridge Health Alliance, Dr. Vikas Saini, president of the Lown Institute, patient Herb Solloway, and Dr. John Levinson, a cardiologist at Mass General Hospital.

Here are our key takeaways from the event:

  • EMRs affect numerous areas of clinical practice, including doctor-patient communication, clinician well-being, patient safety, and overuse
  • EMRs are a result of a system that’s highly dysfunctional
  • People in all areas of health care want to work together to turn EMRs from a hindrance to a benefit.

To learn more about the event, read the full write-up on the Right Care Alliance blog!