Clinical Documentation News Roundup: Medical Records Edition

Clinical Documentation News Roundup: Medical Records Edition

Clinical Documentation News Roundup: Medical Records Edition

Whether you call them EHRs or EMRs, electronic record-keeping for medical practitioners was big in the news this week. The market for record-keeping software is described as “agitated” as more than 17 percent of medical providers report planning to change their vendor this year. Meanwhile, gaps in EHR systems can affect pediatricians and patient privacy.

Today’s Clinical Documentation News Roundup brings you this week’s news on medical records and the technology clinicians are using to keep them.

  • The Great EHR Market Shakeout at Government Health IT: “Indeed, the EHR market is ‘agitated’ and ‘unstable’ according to a report published in late July by Black Book. Based on Black Book’s and other firms’ research little doubt remains that many healthcare organizations are either planning to or are already in the process of switching EHR vendors. It’s worth noting that Black Book targeted replacement EHR buyers in its polling of 2,880 — and 81 percent of respondents are, in fact, planning to drop one EHR in favor of a newer model. The less-covered but more surprising finding in Black Book’s statistics, though, was that of the providers switching vendors, a market-quaking 88 percent short-listed at least two from a mere eight EHR makers, those being athenahealth, Care360 Quest, ChartLogic, Cerner, GE Healthcare, Greenway, Practice Fusion and Vitera.”
  • How EHR System Gaps Impact Pediatricians, Patient Privacy at HealthIT Security: “Ensuring that an EHR system properly safeguards adult patient information is made easier by the fact that the vast majority EHR vendors and products are tailored to these kinds of patients. The same cannot be said of specialists such as pediatricians whose patient population presents unique challenges for providers wanting to engage their patients meaningfully while doing so confidentiality. According to Brock Morris, CIO of Pediatrics Associates in Washington State, this disparity has real consequences for the health IT systems and services his organization is able and willing to implement. ‘Unfortunately, because pediatrics is oftentimes not a focus when it comes to content, innovation, features, enhancements to both EHRs and the other technologies that are coming out, we pretty frequently have to choose not to implement something because it can’t get us that security that we need,’ Morris says.”

  • Why EMR Implementation as Just an IT Project Seldom Succeeds at EHR Intelligence: “While most healthcare leaders know that EMR implementation is a big process, they often underestimate the extent of the changes that are coming. If you think about ALL the tasks that a nurse does in a shift, and if you understand that you will need to examine each of those tasks to see how the EMR can improve it, and multiply that by every job in the hospital that will use the EMR, you begin to understand the enormous scope of the project. That’s why EMR implementation is so expensive — it’s not the technology or the software that is the big-ticket item. It’s the time it takes to review your processes, plan the implementation, and train your staff that hits the budget hardest.”

  • Why Medical Providers are Leaving Their EMR Vendors at DOTmed: “The times they are a-changin', at least when it comes to EMRs. Seventeen percent of medical providers are making plans to change their EMR vendor this year, and 37 percent are considering changing in the future, according to a recent survey conducted by EMR company Practice Fusion. Changing technologies and the push from Meaningful Use are both driving providers to make the switch. The survey found that the most users were switching from the large EMR vendor AllScripts to another vendor. Peters said that switch is due in part to the company's discontinuation of its EMR MyWay, which was largely used by smaller ambulatory practices.”

  • 3 Ways EHR Adoption Can Improve the Patient Experience at EHR Intelligence: “While more than half of all doctors have adopted EHRs to improve workflow and enhance patient care, most orders for diagnostic tests are still made outside of the EHR, and many healthcare groups do not fully realize the benefits of connecting to multiple labs through the EHR. Connecting practices to all labs and radiology services with which they regularly work provides three significant benefits: better patient care, improved workflow, and easy access to data.”

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