Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2010 MTIA Advocacy Summit - Washington, DC

Dr. Cherise Tasker, Dr. Nick van Terheyden, Peter Minio, Linda Sullivan, Stephen Gaus

Top 10 Challenges to Meaningful Use

CSC releases a reporton Meaningful Use and the Top 10 Challenges Eligable Professional face in achieving it.  Read the full report.

Friday, April 16, 2010

WSJ: Can Technology Cure Health Care?

There is more mounting evidence that EMR technology has it's share of shortfalls and unintended consequences.  Jacob Golstein of the Wall Street Journal recently wrote an interesting article called "Can Technology Cure Health Care?"questioning if technology is the end all, be all for health care.  He noted that physicians and users of EMR technology state that the technology is often difficult or time consuming to use.  It brings a new class of errors as physician workflow changes and is disrupted.

Keep in mind that Discrete Reportable Transcription (DRT) addresses many of these gaps.  It is important for physicians and other users of such technology to know that there are technologies and services which can integrate with their EMR/EHR to bring greater productivity, ease of use and a second set of eyes for quality.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Top 10 Barriers to a Successful EHR Implementation

John Halamka, MD gave his students at Harvard School for Public Health a project to create a Top 10 list of Barriers to Successfully Implement an EHR.  Here are a few they came up with and the full story can be found on his Life as a Healthcare CIO:

10. Usability - products are hard to use and not well engineered for clinician workflow.

8. Fear of lost productivity - clinicians are concerned they will lose 25% of their productivity for 3 months after implementation. Administrators are worried that the clinicians are right.

6. Interoperability - applications do not seamlessly exchange data for coordination of care, performance reporting, and public health.

2. Cost - the stimulus money does not flow until meaningful use is achieved. Who will pay in the meantime?

View John Halamka, MD's blog at Life As a Healthcare CIO.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tools for Success Conference in Villanova, Pennsylvania

R+B Sten-Tel will be attending the Tools for Success Conference in Villanova, Pennsylvania on April 14, 2010.  Tools for Success is organized by the Delaware County Medical Society and includes members from each of the surrounding counties including Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia.  There will be over 100 Physicians and Practice Managers from each of these communities attending to learn about the tools available to improve the way in which their practices operate.