What Takes 4000 Mouse Clicks?

Kevin Maloy, 28 April 2015


Answer:  A ten hour clinical shift in the Emergency Department.

Recently I ran across 4000 Clicks: a Productivity Analysis of Electronic Medical Records in a Community Hospital ED.  There are some fascinating stats in this paper about EMR use in the Emergency Department:

1.  44% of clinical time in this Emergency Department was spent on data entry into an EHR, nearly double the amount of time spent on patient contact.

2.  It takes 6 mouse clicks to order a 325-mg aspirin.

3.  It take 227 mouse clicks to complete an ED encounter for right upper quadrant abdominal pain.

Makes me wonder, how many mouse clicks did it take you to read this blog post?  Or pay your bills online?

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