Dr. Beth in private practice Hospital Management Pdf in June 2011 wrote:
“The system (EHR) was implemented about 2 months ago, and has brought our productivity down to about 40% of what it was with paper-based records. The system is obviously designed for billing and data mining, but falls very short when it comes to providing care to patients. It does not give physicians the tools needed to quickly review the medical history. It is dangerous to patients.”
It should be noted that the EHR platform this physician commented on was a robust, top-rated ONC-ATCB 2011-2012 certified EHR platform.
The most effective way to reduce the risk of duplicating what Dr. Beth experienced is to engage an unbiased health IT firm that will put physician practice workflows, specific expectations, and patient care first. Only by doing this can practices and HIT providers analyze and determine the solutions that will best meet the practice’s needs.
It is more efficient, effective, less expensive, and much less painful to adopt health IT correctly on the front-end than it is to fix physician or patient workflow issues on the back-end after implementation.
The ONC study reflected that HIT adoption is moving in a positive direction and a new balance of evidence between HIT “leader” organizations and smaller medical practices was found. The opportunity to further reduce or eliminate the gap all together still remains a work in progress for all involved.
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