Recent survey results released show only 50.7% of U.S. hospitals with implemented electronic medical records (EMRs). While transitioning to a paperless system seems to be a logical evolution in the health care system, the rather slow rate of EMR adoption does not surprise me. Even with the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) in February 2009 which attached a monetary incentive to implementation, technologies that do not seamlessly fit into clinicians’ day-to-day activities, improve patient care, and enable them to work more efficiently fail to achieve widespread acceptance. In order to improve EMR adoption rates in the U.S., we must provide doctors with tools that do not disrupt time spent with the patients, while enhancing their ability to access vital information quickly and efficiently.
by Dr. Barry ChaikenMonday, January 10, 2011 - 4:50pm
by Dr. Barry ChaikenFriday, December 10, 2010 - 4:51pm
There' s been a lot of talk and focus on the Meaningful Use provisions of the HITECH Act. I worry that we're becoming too focused on the details of Meaningful Use, and losing the bigger picture.
The government instituted the Meaningful Use criteria and incentives because they believe that electronic medical records can improve quality of care and access to care – but only if the EMR solutions are actually deployed and used. Hence Meaningful Use.
by Dr. Barry ChaikenThursday, December 9, 2010 - 4:52pm
Last month, Kristi Roose from Mahaska Health Partnership joined me for a live webinar that discussed deploying SSO and Strong Authentication, and the steps you can take to get to Meaningful Use faster. If you missed the webinar, you won't want to miss this -- we've gone ahead and transcribed our answers from the Q&A session.
Question 1: How long did it take to roll a unit out to all the departments and how long did it take to see acceptance to the change?
Answer: We approached these rollouts one unit at a time, and the time frame depended on the number of users. Usually it took about 1-2 weeks per unit to make sure that everyone was comfortable with the product. Once the unit was rolled out acceptance was immediate; customers were grateful for the product and relieved to be able to access data more easily. It was a relief for their workflow.
by Dr. Barry ChaikenWednesday, December 1, 2010 - 9:15am
The recent Ponemon Institute benchmark study on patient data privacy and security practices sheds some much-needed light on the practice of data protection within our nation’s hospitals. According to the study, today’s hospitals have little confidence in their ability to secure patient records, revealing just how vulnerable they are to data breaches – a concern for all patients. Highlighted are some of the key findings...
by Dr. Barry ChaikenTuesday, November 9, 2010 - 9:16am
On Wednesday, November 10th at 1:00 PM EST, I am fortunate to host Kristi Roose, IT director at Mahaska Health Partnership on a webinar where Kristi will share her insights on how to successfully deploy an EMR and help satisfy the requirements of meaningful use and the privacy and security standards embedded in the HITECH Act.
by Dr. Barry ChaikenThursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:29am
A nonprofit organization recently reported, over the last five years more than 45 million U.S. electronic health records (EHRs) were either lost or stolen by insiders and/or outsiders. How do we reconcile the absolute need of timely information access critical to patient welfare, while simultaneously protecting a patient’s right to privacy as granted by HIPAA and HITECH?
by Dr. Barry ChaikenTuesday, May 18, 2010 - 9:33am
A couple of weeks ago I moderated a Healthcare IT News webinar session that examined how hospitals today make patient data easily and securely accessible throughout the clinical workflow. I was joined by Dr. Zafar Chaudry, CIO of Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust & Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation trust and Dr. Lawrence Losey, Pediatrician, Chief of Pediatrics and Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for Parkview Adventist Medical Center. The session addressed the clinical workflow, process and technology behind providing fast, secure access to patient data, touching on all the areas within a hospital where a workstation sits and from anywhere a clinician may need access.