Of the myriad questions surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of Covid-19, the one that seems so simple — how do you know if a patient has the virus — is perhaps the most complex, says Dirk Stanley, MD, who describes the challenges facing EHR users.
As clinical decision support tools become more sophisticated – and usage becomes more advanced – providers are realizing benefits beyond improved outcomes, according to a KLAS report that examines innovations being made in this area.
Most believe that AI and machine learning can improve clinicians’ ability to make informed and therapeutic decisions. Where people disagree is on how far away that future is, and what exactly it will look like, says John Halamka, MD.
While leaders are strategizing around how to manage the COVID-19 outbreak, healthcare IT teams are feverishly working behind the scenes to ensure informaticists can code appropriately, says Dr. Craig Joseph.
It’s not exactly buzz-worthy, but digital fax technology has “tremendous potential” according to a KLAS report, which found that it helped reduce FTEs, expedite data flow, and improve clinical decisions.