Search Tag: EHR

IT Management

How to turn around failing EHRs

2018 01 May

Electronic health records were supposed to cut medical costs by driving down administrative expenses. However, despite a wider adoption of EHRs, reductions in billing costs have not been realised, says a new study by Harvard Business School and Duke University researchers. “The theory was that part of having electronic records was to lower the cost.... Read more

Executive Health Management

Big data in healthcare

2018 24 Apr

Data abounds in healthcare, and the amount of health data is bound to increase at a more rapid pace in the next several years – 48 percent growth annually based on estimates by research firm IDC. However, given the lack of interconnectivity between systems (apparent in the EHR world as well as within MCOs), sloppy data accumulation, as well as a host... Read more

IT Management

2018 14 Apr

In today's medical establishments there are several ad-hoc, but often insecure, approaches to taking photos of patient's ailments in common use, making use of either phone or camera hardware. Most doctors wish to attach the resulting photos to their EHR (Electronic Health Record) systems, and be able to access them again quickly on-screen for... Read more

IT Management

Has the EHR blame game gone too far?

2018 03 Apr

It is a common complaint among physicians that EHR documentation takes too much of their time. They say that EHR systems are not designed to support documentation in a way that works well for members of care teams. EHR usability is a point of frustration for clinicians and can have patient safety consequences, some experts have warned. In a new study... Read more

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... 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

T h e f u t u r e i s n o t s o f ar o f f a s a n e w bo o k o n f u t u r e he al t h c a r e s h o ws A new book r eleased by Jacobs Institu t e has its finger on the pulse of th e lightning-speed changes... 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