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Journal Article
Review

Workarounds to intended use of health information technology: a narrative review of the human factors engineering literature.

Patterson ES. Human factors. 2018;60:281-292.

Poor design of health information technology can lead to miscommunication, burnout, and inappropriate documentation. This review of the literature identified three practice deviations associated with health IT, including workflow disruption, inappropriate use of text fields, and use of handwritten paper or whiteboard notes instead of health IT. The author recommends improvements focused on electronic health record display to enhance communication.