"I value my time off. Years ago when first going onto EHR, I could not connect from my house so I learned to get everything done before leaving the office. My time off was truly unconnected. This EHR change to mobile is going to necessitate another change in work flow for me.
There are two ways to approach this subject:
1. It will allow me to follow my patients more closely since I can get their lab results and follow-up data without being in the office. This will improve my relationship with my patients and result in more detailed care for them.
2. I will never really be out of the office. This could have legal ramifications.
The answer will likely be having a better buddy system and sign-out criteria in our practice. Right now, I have a buddy that will keep an eye on my charts and labs when I am away. We try to notify our buddies when they need to take over. Sometimes, it doesn't always work that way. So far, nothing serious has gotten missed … but we must remain vigilant in making sure follow up happens."