Sorry but the above is the exact reason why EHR is complex and cumbersome. Both posters above are defending the systems complexity by saying that it needs to be complex to achieve its goal. "Why can't you understand me, I'm a people person"- Office Space. Even one goes so far as to say that EHR is just for the patient and not for the people that use it. EHR isn't iTunes. Yes because EHR systems invite complexity to sit down at every table and every form in the software. You end up with the most frustrating user experience and worse data. Sorry but iTunes right now can tell me everything about every song out of 9572 songs currently in my library. It tells me at least 44 data fields about each song and I can pull up anything in live search instantly. That's just dealing with the basic music, not including, apps, photos, streaming, billing, store, syncing, suggesting, licensing, renting, movies, TV shows, audio books, podcasts etc etc. iTunes is way more complex than any EMR system, it just presents a user interface that is simple and intuitive. That statement above shows a lack of understanding in the software development cycle. It was designed by people that do not value complexity and understand that simplicity is by far a much more important goal. One button is better than 3. An extra ebola form tacked on the front of some admissions questionnaire that buries a new check box in the middle of a field of 100+ data points isn't the ER physicians fault. It's the EHR staff that designed such a crappy system where they took an important piece of data and hid it in a field of non-relevant data. Sure it's going to fall back on him but EHR is so proud of their ten thousand data points per patient visit that they don't help clinicians see what is relevant. Data Visualization is a concept that is poorly implemented in most EHRs. The software just presents numbers, letters, checkboxes and poorly at that. EHR is not designed with a user experience in mind, or even a patient experience. It's designed around compliance and implemented by people that don't value simplicity. Do you think a focus group came up with an iPhone? or iTunes? you think they said.. you know what we want.. is a phone with one button that will do everything.. oh and apps.. yeah come up with an app store as well.. no. Apple thought of it. they came up with potentially creative ideas and new processes to enhance the user experience while not breaking it in the process. Instead hospital informatics departments are setup backwards. They rely on user suggestions, focus groups, committees, legal council and new legislation to make changes. They attempt to create something to satisfies all disciplines and ends up a watered down product that does nothing exceptionally well. In fact if there is one thing that does work exceptionally well, they will be sure to break it. Informatics has to get proactive and anticipate the users needs. They have to come up with a compelling interface that addresses the patients need to not feel like a piece of fruit in a walmart check out line and the nurses need to care for the patient and not spend all day documenting. No one is suggesting removing the human element, but they're suggesting letting the element work more efficiently. Let the user experience be so good that the effort to accomplish productive work isn't spent trying to get the item to do productive work. That user experience is tailored by the hospital.