A standard website like an "Army Ready-to-Eat Meal (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meal,_Ready-to-Eat): the standard individual field ration get its job (like nutrition, etc.) done reliably but leaves a lot to be desired (supposedly it tastes like any sort of food out of a can).
I would like to advocate we move a bit further up the website performance (or cuisine) ladder. It is very common for me (and other Internists) to be working on one patient and to need to jump to a different patient to answer a critical question or make an important order. Sometimes we may be seeing 2 or 3 patients at the same time (one patient is filling out paperwork, another patient is getting a breathing treatment, and another patient is being examined by me). It is critical for me (and my scribe or nurse) to be able to jump back and forth between different patients quickly … much more quickly than it takes to load a patient chart. Thus, we could have multiple browsers open but that’s a bit symptomatic of an UI not suited to the task (used to see this often with other EMRs … this is becoming less common).
Take a look at this article:
More specifically … Perhaps we could reorganize the UI as follows, with the patient finder and individual patient “chart” tabs at the top level and tabs related to a particular patient chart subordinate, further down:
What do you think? Is this feasible? As a practical matter (browser and machine performance limitations and load on the database) there might be an upper limit on how many charts a user can keep open at a time otherwise other issues like dropped connections might come into play.