Dr.Diane W. Shannon

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Dr.Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH is a writer, physician advocate, and change agent. At Shannon Healthcare Communications, Dr. Shannon focuses on performance improvement in health care: patient safety, quality of care, system reform, patient-centeredness, and cost efficiency. Dr. Shannon crafts journal articles, white papers, web pages, fact sheets, and case studies. She writes medical-themed screenplays for development into film projects. She also produces videos of patient stories to illustrate gaps in care and highlight methods for improvement. Her new book with Dr. Paul DeChant, “Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine” is available at http://www.mdwriter.com/book.html and on Amazon.com.

During the Q&A period after a presentation I gave recently on understanding and preventing physician burnout, a physician in the audience voiced her vehement objections to the current electronic health record (EHR) with a simple statement: “We need a revolution.” In a few words she described her frustrations with the EHR. “It is meaningless—full of fields that we cut and paste from other fields. There are an ever-growing number of pull-down menus and boxes to...

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