Informatics isn’t about setting up computers or fixing servers. It’s about building relationships, understanding the pressures and desires of patients, providers and staff, and understanding the ultimate goal of health care, says CT Lin, MD.
Although they are a mainstay of modern healthcare, building lumbar punctures electronically can be challenging, says Dirk Stanley, MD, who discusses the four most common workflows and how they can optimized.
It may seem simplistic at first glance, but comparing order set design to preparing a bowl of ice cream can demonstrate just how complex the process is, says CMIO Dirk Stanley – particularly when high-risk clinical workflows are involved.
Although swimlane diagrams have become the industry standard for planning or troubleshooting complex workflows, writing good procedures can be just as important, says Dirk Stanley, MD, who provides a useful outline.
If managing an enterprise EMR is, in fact, like owning a closet, then it’s critical that everything is labeled correctly, says CMIO Dirk Stanley, and that means having “the appropriate level of granularity and accurate clinical terminology.”