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…)
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While EHRs are going in rapidly across the country, it’s important to remember that the demand for value in reducing costs, improving patient safety and providing access to more Americans still leads the charge when it comes to why we move to electronic systems in health care. One of the best ways to enhance the value in EHR systems data mining and research is to keep a robust, detailed record of each individual patient who has a unique history unlike any other. Medical transcription/editing captures details provided by (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…)
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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Everyone has a vision of the perfect day. Sunshine blue skies at the beach. Fresh powder on the slopes for spring skiing. A quiet afternoon with a favorite book. A day at the spa for pampering and indulgence. The list goes on and everyone has their own vision of what that day might look like. For me, the perfect day would be the one where the following takes place: (more…)