Usability of electronic health records (EHRs) is defined as how useful, usable, and satisfying the EHR is for end users in accomplishing the goals of their work. Usable refers to how easy the EHR is to learn and use. Useful refers to how well the EHR supports end users in accomplishing their work. An EHR is satisfying when end users find it pleasing to use and look forward to using it.

With this definition in mind, stop and ask yourself: How easy is the EHR to learn and use? Is it easy to find what you need, when you need it and where you need it, or is it difficult to access, and are there too many clicks? How often do you find yourself wading through things in the EHR that have no relevance to your practice? More importantly, how useful is...

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