In a perfect world, end users would be fully aware of any product limitations before making a purchase or an upgrade. Since the world is not perfect, often the best course of action for technology developers, suppliers, and users is to figure out how make the best of the situation. Most wrinkles can be ironed out – unless, of course, your coffee maker only makes tea. A few quick tips, should your new-and-improved solution include any surprises. Read more…
Electronic Medical Record
I’m impressed by the number of big-name health systems that are giving Google Glass a test drive. It’s also interesting to note the diversity of applications, from telehealth, education, remote consults, and EMR access. By the time HIMSS15 rolls around next April I am sure we’ll have a clearer idea of which vendors have figured out the formula for success. But please… don’t be a Glasshole!
Like clinicians, Health IT and EMR professionals have their share of frustration with regulations. The bottom line is that rules need to be workable for all parties involved in Health IT. If they’re not, they’re wasting time, money and efficiency.
Why would anyone who is presented with hard evidence choose to believe otherwise?
What if those opposed to EHR use kept a log of what they expected to happen (e.g., less time with patients, increased work load) and compared it to a log of what was actually happening? They might have a different perspective and see they aren’t working longer hours. The same advice goes for those pushing for the implementation of new technology. You have to acknowledge what is actually happening – nurses working longer shifts – and compare it to what you hoped would happen. We have to be willing to change our views when faced with real-world experiences.
This year’s HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition saw Karen DeSalvo, the new National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, take the stage and it was clear we are entering a new era under her leadership. She recognizes that we are at a pivot point in the history of health IT and sees the need for everyone to take a breath and possibly find some better ways to reach some of our goals. Brian Ahier discusses his first impressions and shares a comprehensive, one-on-one video interview he conducted at the conference.
Jennifer Thew, RN, provides a personal story about medical errors that illustrates the need for better patient involvement in their care, which begins with ownership of patient data. The future possibility of patient-generated health data being incorporated into the patient’s actual medical record, per meaningful use proposals, poses many difficult questions such as, ‘Who needs to accept responsibility here?’ A great post that needs your comments.
Will giving patients the privilege to capture and record their own health data, and have it incorporated into the EMR, be the first step to a future where patients are responsible (and held accountable through the documentation) for carrying out and documenting their physician’s orders? Will patients be penalized for failing their responsibility?
These questions, and more, will arise as we enter Meaningful Use Stage 3, which contains a provision allowing just that — the ability of the patient to input their data into their medical record. Let’s discuss this game-changing topic.
Angela Dunn continues her series on innovation in healthcare. The latest discusses the benefit of learning from others and introduces the “innovisit” and the “What If…? Movement” that inspire innovation and challenge the status quo. Do you have an example of an innovation outside of healthcare used in healthcare?
Data is a powerful thing. It may show that an algorithm is contributing to successful outcomes or it can also show that it’s having detrimental effects on patient outcomes. Those in charge of the algorithms have to investigate why that is and update the algorithm to improve the outcomes.
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