Aug 20, 2014, 10:36 AM, Posted by
Mike Painter, Susan Dentzer
What if your mother wanted to take some ibuprofen for her arthritis, but didn’t know if it would interact adversely with her other medications?
No problem, right?
She could whip out her smartphone and launch an app that connected to her local health information exchange. Within fractions of a second, the exchange would verify her identity, locate the computer storing her electronic health record (EHR), and shoot an answer back to her.
This scenario is just one example of the many ways that having timely access to health information could contribute to health. It could, that is, if the nation had an agreed-upon way to organize data about health and health care in ways that made it easily accessible and usable while still secure and protected.
But for now, we don’t.
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Jun 17, 2013, 3:55 PM, Posted by
For an actor—let’s call her Jennifer for discussion purposes—who suddenly has a big award-winning breakthrough—there is nothing sudden about her success. Jennifer’s accolades come to her not by accident but rather after years of below-the-radar hard work, striving and struggle. That same principle applies to seeming sudden success in other fields—say, health care. In fact, today let’s go crazy and salute some breakthrough health care actors. Health care is transforming before our very eyes.
Hang onto your hats, because it’s changing from one predominantly focused on churning out more services and procedures to one relentlessly driving the right care at the right time at the best price.
That’s not happening all by itself. That slowly accelerating transformation could seem sudden—or spontaneous. It might seem like it’s happening effortlessly—almost by magic. Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth. Trust me— there is a bunch of struggling, starving transformation artists who have been working years for this moment—like the great people at the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project.
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Jun 4, 2013, 4:48 PM, Posted by
I am a family physician, but one who doesn’t currently practice and importantly, one who isn’t slogging day after day through health care transformation. I do not want to be presumptuous here because the doctors and other health professionals who are doing this hard work are the heroes. They are caring for patients while at the same time facing tremendous pressure to transform their life’s work. That includes overwhelming pressure to adopt and use new information technology.
This level of change is hard, difficult and confusing—with both forward progress and slips backward. Nevertheless, doctors, take heart, because you are making progress. It may be slow at times, but it’s substantial—and it’s impressive. Thank you.
The Annals of Internal Medicine today published a study (I was one of the authors) finding that more than 40 percent of U.S. physicians have adopted at least a basic electronic health record (EHR), highlighting continued progress in the rate of national physician adoption of EHRs. The study, also found that a much smaller number, about 9.8 percent of physicians, are ready for meaningful use of this new technology.
Some might say, “Wake up, folks!” Look at those small meaningful use numbers. Change course, now. After all of this time and tax-payer expense, less than 10 percent of doctors are actually ready to use these important tools meaningfully. What’s up with that?
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