Our emergency department just switched over to a new EMR. The transition has gone quite well - my charting has gotten faster and better overnight, orders are infinitely easier to put in the system, and I have more time to spend with patients. All in all, I could not be happier.
One thing in particular stands out with sheer awesomeness. We can make macros. For the less-technically inclined, macros are simply a way of automating something you do often. For a computer nerd/engineering type like myself... well, I've made some improvements.
All I need to do is pick up the dictaphone and say "Computer, activate command center." I then walk away and see my first patient.
Within seconds it boots up all of my patient records, EKG-reading software, radiology images, drug databases, and email. Then it opens up another window and prints out:
"Command center online, Dr. Zac. Have a wonderful day!"
It's really the greatest thing that's happened to me since... well, ever.
I have my very own HAL-9000!