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.”
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.
The key to developing solid clinical workflows and provider communication and education strategies is to understand the challenges – especially when it comes to signal-to-noise ratios, says Dirk Stanley, MD.