In a couple of recent articles that are not connected, there is an underlying connection. One, in “For the Record” discusses The Hazards of Note Bloat and the unintended consequences of having a lot of information that doesn’t truly say much about the complexity of the patient’s condition, not to mention that it is “difficult to view, notes lengthen and errors accumulate.” But wait, aren’t EHRs supposed to reduce errors? The article goes on to explain how narrative (dictation/transcription) notes have been reduced, but not completely eliminated. It also discusses speech recognition and its implementation this month. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘EHR’
During this evolving landscape we see in health care documentation, there have been so many changes recently that it is difficult to keep up. One thing that is sure, this trend is not going to slow down. EHR technology and other enabling technologies are here and there are new processes for documentation emerging rapidly. At the AHDI ACE convention, I watched Joe Weber’s presentation on Valadoc that was innovative and new! (more…)
EHRs and meaningful use (MU) are getting so much publicity. There is the carrot (financial incentive) and stick (reduced reimbursement) approach to get them in place by 2014 with the promise of reducing costs, improving patient outcomes and patient safety. Through all of this publicity, seems we haven’t heard enough from the chief care giver – the physician.
Many of the EHRs that have been approved by CCHIT don’t include a dictation/transcription option. CCHIT may not ultimately be the approval body. Interestingly enough, MU definitions haven’t been finalized. So there are goals to meet that haven’t been fully defined and timelines that associations like the AMA and AHA along with a host of other national groups that have spoken clearly about how the all or nothing MU criteria plan is ill-advised. They agree that the timeline is not realistic. (more…)
Did you happen to catch CBS Sunday Morning yesterday, 9/13/09? Well if you didn’t here’s a link but the lead story was the EHR and all its benefits. David Blumenthal, MD, National Coordinator, spoke and others who are leading the charge. The move to the EHR is part of President Obama’s healthcare reform initiative, Title XIII of ARRA that was signed into law in February. And we need to get this done. (more…)
Let’s talk about change for a minute, shall we? Change is something that happens in every aspect of our lives – we get older (dang it!), our kids do, we move and relocate, we get new cars, we utilize better technologies, we have way more than 3 or 4 channels on TV, we don’t have to wash dishes by hand, we have energy efficient appliances that do more, cost less to use and in general improve our efficiency.
There is a lively discussion taking place here not just on the topic of mandatory credentialing but also the facts around MT relevance and our place in healthcare documentation’s future. There are a number of great issues being presented and the burning questions seem to be larger than life.
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Have you heard of the Health Story Project? Have you heard about CDA4CDT? Perhaps you have heard about the +20 billion dollars (and likely more) set aside for health IT as part of the stimulus package for economic recovery and healthcare reform? Maybe you have heard that the EHR is targeted for nationwide implementation by a goal date of 2014? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then every MT will want to learn more about the Health Story Project. Here’s why. (more…)