Quality Improvement for EHR Technology?

Clinician perspectives on Electronic Health Information sharing for transitions of care seem to vary these days as we see new trends resulting from the demands set in place. The EHR market continues to present many puzzling questions.

In theory, EHR is meant to improve communication and lower costs, but in actuality many physicians are finding the need to hire medical scribes in order to comply with EHRs demands. This actually raises their out of pocket expenses/costs and brings into question the quality of transcribed information/communication, such as safety concerns, in particularly with drug orders.

Who would have imagined that electronic health records would have spawned the growing number for medical scribes who work with them, manually recording their information? Oh the irony of it all!

“The scribes sector, apparently, expects to see its numbers grow to 100,000 by 2020, a viewpoint article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association notes. If the 2020 projection is correct, that translates to one medical scribe for every nine physicians nationwide.”

Dr. George Gellert of CHRISTUS Health in San Antonio, worries, “by reducing market demand and pressure on industry for needed improvements, the medical scribe industry (and inadvertently its customers) may contribute to an unintended, undesirable outcome: a deceleration and possibly stagnation in EHR technological improvement.”

So while The American College of Physicians (ACP), the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care survey reveals that an overwhelming majority of clinicians believe that the electronic exchange of health information will have a positive impact on improving the quality of patient care, coordinating care, meeting the demands of new care models, and participating in third-party reporting and incentive programs.

Along with the greater use of health information technology (HIT), including the use of EHRs, the implementation of systems to enable electronic prescribing by physicians, and health information exchanges have the potential for improving the quality of patient care, reducing medical errors, increasing efficiency, reducing administrative costs, and achieving substantial cost savings.

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