For as long as there have been EMRs, there's been plenty of complaint about their usability. For a while one could dismiss this as cultural clashing between the old and new, but it's been 30 years and things are little better.
One way of looking at it is to say that there is "too much structured entry" or that "information is hard to find". We believe these to be symptoms and not the problem:
The problem is that clinicians have no place to record what they think, or their decision making, in relation to the EMR. And so, every clinician has to read the same thing over and over again, to form a picture of the patient's medical condition. Wouldn't it be handier to record that "picture" somewhere, and refer to it?
Let's bring back the "clinical" to clinical documentation.