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TABLE 1

All EHR Time Was Allocated to One of These Mutually Exclusive, Clinically Focused EHR Function Categories

Clinically Focused EHR Function CategoryClinically Focused EHR Function Description
Chart review Discovering and reviewing clinical results, observations, and notes in the EHR 
Documentation Recording documentation and creating notes 
Message center Reviewing, responding, and acting on messages 
Orders Writing orders 
Patient discovery Performing tasks related to searching for patients, appointment scheduling, and similar activities 
Medication recommendation Reconciling a patient’s medication data and activities 
Allergies Reviewing and updating a patient’s list of allergies 
Problems and diagnoses Reviewing and updating a patient’s problem list 
Alerts Reviewing and responding to alerts 
Health maintenance Reviewing and responding to health maintenance or preventive care clinical decision support prompts 
Patient education Selecting patient education and materials, completing departure information, and printing materials 
History (family, social, surgery) Reviewing and updating family, social, and past surgical history 
Othera EHR times that have not yet been categorized into another specific activity or which represent categories of activities that are too small to uniquely represent 
Clinically Focused EHR Function CategoryClinically Focused EHR Function Description
Chart review Discovering and reviewing clinical results, observations, and notes in the EHR 
Documentation Recording documentation and creating notes 
Message center Reviewing, responding, and acting on messages 
Orders Writing orders 
Patient discovery Performing tasks related to searching for patients, appointment scheduling, and similar activities 
Medication recommendation Reconciling a patient’s medication data and activities 
Allergies Reviewing and updating a patient’s list of allergies 
Problems and diagnoses Reviewing and updating a patient’s problem list 
Alerts Reviewing and responding to alerts 
Health maintenance Reviewing and responding to health maintenance or preventive care clinical decision support prompts 
Patient education Selecting patient education and materials, completing departure information, and printing materials 
History (family, social, surgery) Reviewing and updating family, social, and past surgical history 
Othera EHR times that have not yet been categorized into another specific activity or which represent categories of activities that are too small to uniquely represent 
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Several categories that individually accounted for small proportions of the total time were aggregated into 1 category entitled “other” for reporting purposes.

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