Search Tag: EHR

Executive Health Management

Help or hindrance? EHRs and admin cost reductions

2018 27 Feb

Despite huge investments in healthcare IT, EHR systems in particular, hospitals have not benefited much in terms of improving administrative efficiency. Electronic health records were supposed to bring down administrative costs but, as a new study in JAMA suggests, they may not be getting the job done.Administrative costs accounted for much as a quarter... Read more

IT Management

How to successfully coordinate multiple EHR workflows

2018 21 Feb

EHRs are supposed to help facilitate coordination between care providers, especially with regards to sharing of information useful in decision making. What about if there are different EHR systems being used within a healthcare facility? How do you handle or manage data from the different systems and ensure data can easily be shared when needed?Take... Read more

Health Management

Committing to the future of medicine

2018 25 Jan

The future is not so far off as a new book on future healthcare shows A new book released by Jacobs Institute has its finger on the pulse of the lightning-speed changes happening in healthcare and how stakeholders will need to adapt to stay ahead.Peering into the future of healthcare is less about predictions and more about implementing systemic change... Read more

IT Management

'Time saving' EHR copy-pasting must stop

2018 16 Jan

Not a few physicians have raised complaints about the "burden" of EHR documentation. It comes as no surprise that copy and paste in electronic health records is a common shortcut used by physicians, as shown by some studies. Use of copy and paste may be convenient, although this can potentially lead to serious safety risks. As a recent study in Journal... Read more

IT Management

More than 50% EU hospitals underfund IT

2017 24 Nov

Hospitals across Europe in general consider IT as an enabler to improve patient safety and care. And even though deployment of big-ticket technologies – notably EHRs and eHealth tools – is on the rise, many provider organisations continue to make do with tight IT budgets.  As Robert Brauer, HIMSS Analytics Research and Quality Assurance Coordinator... Read more

IT Management

Increasing importance of EHR-related risk-mitigation strategies

2017 24 Oct

A new report from The Doctors Company, a physician-owned malpractice insurer, shows a significant increase in malpractice claims for errors attributed to electronic health records. There were 161 claims for which EHRs were either the cause or (more likely) a contributing factor between 2011 and 2016, compared to just two claims during the period 2007-2010.... Read more

Health Management

Training medical students in EHR usage

2017 19 Sep

A training initiative that introduces medical students to EHR use early on to mitigate patient care risk is growing in momentum.   Electronic health records (EHR s), or electronic medical records (EMRs) continue to be received with a mixed reception from physicians and nursing staff. While the tool, in theory, enables swift sharing of medical data,... Read more

IT Management

Key Elements in EHR Team Building

2017 20 Jun

When implementing healthcare IT initiatives, it's important to realise that this is not just the task of the IT department – or the effort is likely to fail. An integrated teamwork approach is vital to ensuring success in deploying projects that result in ongoing improvement in patient care and overall operational efficiency.   IT solutions will be... Read more

IT Management

Impediments to EHR Interoperability

2017 20 Jun

A survey of health information exchange (HIE) professionals reveals that both EHR vendors and health systems are employing a variety of tactics – notably information blocking – that impede progress in EHR interoperability.“Half of respondents reported that EHR vendors routinely engage in information blocking, and 25 percent of respondents reported that... Read more

IT Management

Study: EHRs Full of Copy-and-Paste Records

2017 06 Jun

A key benefit from using electronic health records is that it improves care coordination, given that information can be shared easily between care providers. But a new study published in JAMA shows that EHRs contain mostly copy-and-paste data, which may put patient safety at risk. Researchers at University of California San Francisco examined thousands... Read more