The Lack Of EHR Usability

David Lareau is CEO of Medicomp Systems, a provider of physician-driven point-of care solutions that fix EHRs.

In January, I was among many who predicted that Amazon, Google and other big tech giants would be grabbing health care headlines this year as they fought to gain control of the volume of clinical data stored in electronic health records (EHRs). Obviously, the big headlines this year have not focused on big tech but on big challenges surrounding the pandemic.

While we did not predict the coronavirus pandemic, I am confident in forecasting a parallel phenomenon threatening damage to the mental and physical health of physicians and nurses. In the midst of the current health crisis, clinician burnout is rising rapidly — and health care leaders and technology providers should act now to improve the clinical usability of EHRs.

The Parallel Pandemic

Even before the virus, as many as 45%

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EHR Technology – Preview of Proposed Rules for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

There is a tremendous amount of anticipation among providers and health IT vendors for the official release of the proposed rules for the electronic health records (EHR) Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. It is expected that the proposed rules for Stage 2 Meaningful Use will be published later this month.

According to a CSC report, Meaningful Use Stage 2 will focus on health record sharing and patient engagement. The report strongly encourages that providers and practices should double their efforts on securing capabilities to coordinate care, engage with their patients, and electronically capture the data needed for quality reporting. Providers and practices choosing the right health IT services vendor is a key step towards securing these capabilities as they are very likely to be included in the menu set of the proposed rules for Stage 2 Meaningful Use.

The content and insights found in the CSC report, along with others … Read More