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8 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J a n u a r y 2 0 1 7 I wish some- body had told me what I'm about to tell you about con- verting paper charts to electronic medical records, had sat me down and set me straight about the ABCs of EMRs. Told me that adding an EMR will be a headache at first, no matter which system you choose. That there will be a growth curve for our nurses and doctors, steeper for some than for others. That it will be challenging for a multispecialty center like ours — from pain to plas- tic and most everything in between: GI, ortho, ENT and general — that does 650 cases per month, to make everyone happy. That there will be costly upgrades. That it will make certain things more efficient (government reporting and QI studies) and other things less so (it can take longer to chart a pain injection case than it does to perform one). 10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About EMRs Potholes to avoid as you head down the paperless path. Fawn Esser Lipp, rn, BSn, CnOr, CaSC Franklin, Wis. SCREEN SIZE Be sure the screen size of your handheld computers is large enough to display the entire EMR screen. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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