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MADISON, WI – In a move that is being hailed by healthcare providers everywhere, software development team at Epic has introduced a new TL;DR button for notes.  For the uninitiated, TL;DR stands for “Too Long; Didn’t Read.”  Peter Goergen, a software engineer at the company has led the effort.

ehr“We realize that notes these days are getting way too long to read.  With the copy/paste function, the templates, importing images, and test results, a person could be scrolling through a note for hours trying to find what a consultant or primary care team really think.”

The TL;DR button activates a code in Epic that automatically searches the note for assessment and plan, no matter where it happens to be in the note.  The new button has already been rolled out in a number of hospitals, including Our Lady of the Peace Hospital in Peoria, IL. Medicine resident John Norrell was effusive in his praise.

“If I’m reading through a consult note, I could literally care less what weird physical exam findings he found, or reading through 70 chest X-ray reads.  The TL;DR button is perfect, I click that and it sifts through all the nonsense and tells me what I need to know.  At any point, I have 50 patients on my census, and I don’t have time to read through all this nonsense.  Thanks to this new button, I can almost stand using an EMR!”

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