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'Login-Logout' - Is it Costing you Time and Efficiency in your Exam Room?

Posted Oct 10 2008 2:10pm

One of the issues that I hear about frequently from time-strapped physicians is the speed with which they can access patient information using their EMR. Logging in and logging out can become a frustrating exercise particularly in primary care, where patient visits may be as little as 7-10 minutes. 2 minutes logging into an EMR using 2 factor authentication (e.g. a password and a token) can be a time consuming process.

This video was produced at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton and features Dr. Mike Donoff, a professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Alberta.

The clinic uses Sun Ray technology (from Sun Microsystems). The Sun Ray is a (thin client) display device, with applications running on a server elsewhere, and the state of the user's session being independent of the display. This enables portable sessions: a user can go from one Sun Ray to another and continue their work without closing any programs. ( Wikipedia )

The concept of the portable session is one that this group of family physicians finds very appealing and offers speed advantages.

What are your thoughts about hardware? Have you had any experience using thin clients? Does the concept of the 'portable session' appeal to you in terms of the way you practice.

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