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Learn more: http://healthunbound.org/mama/ A Bangladesh mother and MAMA (Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action) client describes the benefits of receiving vita… Video Rating: 5 / 5

Dr. Scott Conard of ACAP Health Consulting discusses the benefits of healthcare data analytics (http://www.med-view.net/). Med-Vision and Med-View provide th… In this webinar held June 6, 2013, Dennis Giokas and Alex Mair of Canada Health Infoway talk about the opportunities, potential value, enablers and challenge…

http://www.ibm.com/software/data/master-data-management/ The need to transform healthcare is getting a lot of attention. To meet this need, organizations are… Video Rating: 5 / 5

Corey Angst, Assistant Professor of Management in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, is expert on health information technology. He … Video Rating: 5 / 5 Diane Stewart died after knee replacement surgery at Stanford Hospital in 2007. But a key portion of her electronic medical record (EMR) was deleted, perhaps… Video […]

Electronic medical records have been a popular subject in the medical community. This video will explain some of the benefits of electronic medical records a… Video Rating: 0 / 5

It’s time for the next installment in my series of posts looking at the long list of EHR benefits . Eliminate Staff The idea of eliminating staff is a really hard one to talk about. Often the staff in a medical office becomes a family and so it’s really hard to think about losing a staff member in order to pay for the EMR. In fact, it’s incredibly common for staff in a clinic to fear an EMR implementation because they’re afraid that their job is in jeopardy. From my experience, it’s incredibly rare for any existing staff to lose their job during an EMR implementation. There are two main reasons why it’s unlikely that someone will lose their job because of an EMR implementation. The first is that most healthcare organizations have a natural employee attrition. When this happens the organization can just choose to not replace the departing employee. This is one way to save money on staff without having to actually fire any employees. The second reason that people don’t lose their job to the EMR is that those people get reassigned to new jobs. For some people this can be nearly as bad as losing a job, but for many it’s basically a shift in job responsibilities. This shift can often be welcome since the EMR implementation can free them up to do work that they always wanted to do and never were able to do before. The areas of healthcare that I’ve seen most affected by an EMR implementation is medical records, transcription, billing, and the front desk. We’ve already written previously about transcription and EMR . The front desk and billing can be affected, but generally stays close to the same from what I’ve seen. A lot of this depends a lot on what type of staffing you had before the EMR. I have seen some organizations implement an EMR and save money on front desk and billing staff. Medical records (or HIM if you prefer) is usually the most impacted. Certainly they still have an important place in the office for things like release of records and other records management functions. They also have to continue to deal with the legacy paper charts. However, their days of finding, organizing and filing charts are over when an EMR is put in place. In some cases the chart organizing and finding gets replaced with things like scanning into the EMR. In other cases, there isn’t as many medical records staff needed. Many who are reading this post are probably balking at the idea of eliminating staff being a benefit of an EMR implementation. They’d no doubt point to the EHR backlash that we see from many doctors who complain that an EMR makes them much slower and takes up too much time. This is an important item to consider when evaluating the benefits of an EMR in your organization. It’s not much of a benefit to save other staff cost if the doctor spends twice as much time per patient. However, on the other side of the coin is those doctors who swear by the efficiency their EMR provides them. I’ll never forget this older OB/GYN I met who told me he would NEVER use an EMR. Two years later that same OB/GYN was proclaiming his love of EMR. He described how he wouldn’t be able to see nearly as many patients as he did each day without the EMR. He acknowledged the slow down that occurred when they first implemented the EMR, but once they adapted to the EMR workflow they were able to see most patients. No doubt Eliminating Staff can be a mixed EMR benefit basket depending on your unique situation. Although, this is true with almost every EMR benefit we’ll cover in this series. This can be a tremendous benefit of EMR or it can also be an expense as you find you need to hire more staff. Related Whitepaper: Getting Lean with Your Practice: Five Tips for Improving Provider Productivity with an EHR One of the major reasons that health care providers resist implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system is the belief that using it will slow them down, reducing the number of patients they can see and therefore reducing practice revenue. In fact, an EHR that is designed around an efficient workflow can enable providers to work faster and more efficiently. “Lean” methodologies, originally introduced by Toyota, have recently been used by health care providers such as Massachusetts General Hospital, ThedaCare, and Beth Israel Hospital (Boston) to streamline patient workflow. By understanding and measuring the workflow, health care providers can determine best practices, which will ultimately enable them to achieve the level of efficiency they desire. Download Whitepaper or see More EMR and Health IT Whitepapers Related Posts EHR Benefit – Space Savings EHR Benefit – Accessibility of Charts EHR Benefit – Legibility of Notes

With a two-fold increase in adoption since 2006, use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) in community-based practices in Canada has yielded efficiency and patient care benefits valued at $1.3 billion, an independent study commissioned by Canada Health Infoway and  prepared by PwC  reveals. The study drew on more than 250 research publications from around the world and includes up-to-date Canadian results from recent studies and surveys

Today’s EHR and HIT news includes an update from GZS , who is annoucing the release of an EHR patient registry solution under the brand name HamaGlobal.  There is news from Honeywell HomMed   on a new program designed to support healthcare providers as they implement, market and grow their telehealth programs.

Given the rigors of documentation required for Meaningful Use, quality measurement, and ICD10, some organizations are adding dedicated scribes to rounding and evaluation teams. I was recently asked two questions about scribes. Does Meaningful Use allow the use of scribes? Meaningful Use does not specify who does the documentation, as long as the thresholds for data capture are exceeded. What are the best practices for scribes used at BIDMC? At BIDMC the ED scribes use their own credentials and create a “scribe note” under their own identity. When the physician goes to chart, they have the option to import the scribe note into their own note. This has 3 important benefits: 1) The scribe is never given access to the system with the physician’s credentials (as I’ve heard happens with some scribe arrangements) 2) The physician has the option to import and then writes/edits the note as they wish (ie – they retain full control for the contents of the note) 3) The MD actively uses the computer and the scribe does not come between the physician and system.  (In some arrangements the scribe acts as a human UI to the system and the MD only interacts with the scribe.  This becomes a barrier to many of the benefits of online clinical decision support). Although future improvements in clinical documentation may eliminate the need for scribes, there are best practices that minimize privacy risks and “cut/paste” documentation challenges.

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