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Overcoming the Hurdles to Electronic Health Record Adoption – The Patient Record

A survey conducted by the Institute for Health Policy (IHP) between late 2007 and early 2008 found that only 4% of physicians are using a fully functional EHR, with an additional 13% using only portions of a basic EHR. Although EHRs have been available for the past 10 years , and recent incentives have been provided to incorporate EHRs into practices nationwide through HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act), the adoption rate has stalled. Why is this? There appear to be two major obstacles: (1) the lack of electronic patient information embedded into the EHR when a practice goes live; and (2) the amount of time it takes to enter information compared with dictation or handwriting. Let’s examine the issue of the patient record in greater detail.

Doctor Shortage – Be Your Doctor’s Pet

Remember when you were in school and no one liked the teacher’s pet? That person was taunted, teased and picked on. You can now be your doctors’ pet and not have to worry about peer pressure because in today’s health care environment it’s a good thing to be.

Patient Risk Assessment

Risk management practices are important for any organization, but in particular, health organizations because of patient care carry a more significant burden than other types of businesses. Patient risk assessment is therefore important in identifying, assessing, analyzing and managing patient’s risk while going through the healthcare process. The use of informatics to assist with this area of management has been extremely helpful. Specifically, electronic patient risk assessments help healthcare facilities communicate, integrate, educate and implement key concepts involved in promoting good quality patient care. Without information technology to assist with these areas, the challenges become time consuming and limited in scope. However, having informatics help organize and distribute this process greatly enhances its effectiveness.

Maintaining a Staff Training Register

Information technologies have created efficiencies and flexibilities in many areas of health care. By providing better means for data entry, data storage and information retrieval, informatics can facilitate health care information easily. One of the ongoing requirements for hospitals and healthcare facilities is that staff receives adequate training and sometimes certifications in areas of care policy and practice. Manual logs are time-consuming, cumbersome and prone to inaccuracies. By employing information technology to these areas, staff training registers can be completed more efficiently for everyone while providing better use of resources and better documentation. In addition, better organization leads to avoidance of certification expirations. Informatics can help streamline this segment of healthcare allowing greater focus on direct patient care instead.

Patient Administration Systems

Through the past several decades, collection of hospital and outpatient facility patient data has not only increased also has expanded among areas within these networks. What used to be contained in a single section of a healthcare facility is now distributed to many sections within the facility, to sister facilities, and even to remote sections of participating partners and affiliates. Without information technology, this expansion of intranets would not have been possible without an incredible amount of reduplication of materials and information. Complete sets of patient information, records of inpatient and outpatient encounters, monitoring of bed availability, and patient case mix would have remained significantly restrained without informatics. In order to compete and provide high quality care, information technology is a must for today’s healthcare environments.

Is My Doctor Any Good?

Medical quality is like pornography, it’s hard to define but we know it when we see it. Every participant in the health care arena – physicians, pharmacists, insurance companies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, our government and the public – all support the mission to enhance medical quality. What paralyzes the effort is that no one agrees how to get there or even how to accurately measure medical quality.

Electronic Health Record (EHR) Adoption – Data Transfer From Other Sources

A survey conducted by the Institute for Health Policy (IHP) between late 2007 and early 2008 found that only 4% of physicians are using a fully functional EHR, with an additional 13% using only portions of a basic EHR. Although EHRs have been available for the past 10 years , and recent incentives have been provided to incorporate EHRs into practices nationwide through HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act), the adoption rate has stalled. Why is this? There appear to be two major obstacles: (1) the lack of electronic patient information embedded into the EHR when a practice goes live; and (2) the amount of time it takes to enter information compared with dictation or handwriting. This article examines the issue of Data Transfer.

Overcoming the Hurdles to Electronic Health Record Adoption – DRT-Enabled EHR

A survey conducted by the Institute for Health Policy (IHP) between late 2007 and early 2008 found that only 4% of physicians are using a fully functional EHR, with an additional 13% using only portions of a basic EHR. Although EHRs have been available for the past 10 years , and recent incentives have been provided to incorporate EHRs into practices nationwide through HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act), the adoption rate has stalled. Why is this?

Web-Based Dicom Sharing

It’s become so common that we almost don’t think about it anymore. If you need to contact someone quickly, you will most likely reach for your computer keyboard and send out a speedy email message. This is also a much faster way to communicate with a group of people, rather than sitting around making individual telephone calls to everyone in the group.

Using a Dicom Viewer For Web Teleradiology Can Save Money

Physicians, nurses, administrators and imaging specialists are making the switch to teleradiology using a dicom viewer as part of their system. Teleradiology works in much the same way as sending an email message does: you create a message, then send it via the World Wide Web to your recipient, who will read it and respond in some way. Digital medical images can also be sent on secure transmission lines to doctors, medical facilities, specialists, consultants, or anyone else you grant authorization, where they will be viewed using a dicom reader, also known as a dicom viewer.

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