While there are select areas of the EHR where it’s possible to stop doctors in their tracks and make sure data is entered correctly, should it be done? In this piece, Craig Joseph, MD, discusses hard stops.
The goal is the same: to improve the delivery of care. But how IT and clinicians believe it can be achieved – and what they perceive to be the key obstacles – can be as different as night and day. So how can leaders close the gap?
Although Atul Gawande’s recent article brought much-needed notoriety to the topic of EHR usability, it missed the boat when it came to educating the public about the critical role of clinical informatics, says Dirk Stanley.
If IT leaders want to understand clinician frustrations, it’s not enough simply to make phone calls, says Dr. Anncy Thomas, who believes “standing with them and watching them go through the screens is where the breakthroughs happen.”
Forget customization. The more closely healthcare organizations align with the vendor’s suggested configuration for common workflows, the better off they’ll be for the future, says Craig Joseph, MD.