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Implementing an Electronic Health Record System
Series: Health Informatics
Walker, James M.; Bieber, Eric J.; Richards, Frank (Eds.). Springer,
|Written by Geisinger Health System staff on their experiences implementing an Electronic Health Record System.
Implementing an Electronic Health Record System addresses the range of issues and opportunities that implementing an electronic health records system (EHR) poses for any size of medical organization - from the small one-man operation to a large healthcare system. The book is divided into sections on preparation, support, implementation and a summary and prospects section, enabling the clinician to define the framework necessary to implement and evaluate a clinically effective EHR system. With the increasing involvement of clinicians in the day-to-day running of the practice, interest is now focused on EHR as a key area for improving clinical efficiency. This book uniquely provides the guidance a clinical team needs to plan and execute an effective EHR system within any clinical setting.
Information Technology Business
Models for Quality Health Care: An EU/US Dialogue Volume
92 Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Edited
by: S. Krishna , E.A. Balas and S.A. Boren 2002, 180
" This book consists of presentations
made at the conference held on May 14-15, 2002 at the
University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, by professionals
from clinical areas, health care management, payer institutions,
information technology industry, government and health
care quality research. Chapters are a cross-section
of various business perspectives of health information
technologies. Together, they discuss the challenges
facing the widespread implementation of information
technology, possible solutions to economic, structural,
cultural, and institutional barriers in the use of these
technologies and present real-world examples of innovative
information technologies that can be used as business
models of applied clinical and business solutions to
improve health care quality. "
Skinner RI. The value of information
technology in healthcare. Front Health Serv Manage.
" Not only will healthcare investments
in information technology (IT) continue, they are sure
to increase. Just as other industries learned over time
how to extract more value from IT investments, so too
will the healthcare industry, and for the same reason:
because they must. This article explores the types of
business value IT has generated in other industries,
what value it can generate in healthcare, and some of
the barriers encountered in achieving that value. The
article ends with management principles for IT investment.
Anderson JG. A framework for considering
business models. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2003;92:3-11.
" Information technology (IT)
such as computerized physician order entry, computer-based
decision support and alerting systems, and electronic
prescribing can reduce medical errors and improve the
quality of health care. However, the business value
of these systems is frequently questioned. At present
a number of barriers exist to realizing the potential
of IT to improve quality of care. Some of these barriers
are: the ineffectiveness of existing error reporting
systems, low investment in IT infrastructure, legal
impediments to reforms, and the difficulty in demonstrating
a sufficient return on investment to justify expenditures
for quality improvement. This paper provides an overview
of these issues, a framework for considering business
models, and examples of successful implementations of
IT to improve quality of patient care. "
Frank S. Current and emerging
business models in the health care information technology
industry: a view from Wall Street. Stud Health Technol
" When we think about health
care IT, we don't just think about clinical automation
with the movement to computerized physician order entry
(CPOE), but also the need to upgrade legacy financial
and administrative systems to interact with clinical
systems. Technology acceptance by physicians remains
low, and computer use by physicians for data entry and
analysis remains minimal. We expect this trend to change,
and expect increased automation to represent gradual
change. The HCIT space is dynamic, with many opportunities,
but also many challenges. The unique nature of the end
market buyers, existing business models, and nature
of the technology makes this a challenging but dynamic
area for equity investment. "
Tobin G. Health care information
technology: better care, better business. Stud Health
Technol Inform. 2003;92:13-21.
" The health care industry is
in crisis. From patient safety concerns to wasteful
operations to overburdened workforces, health care is
ripe for reinvention. In "Health Care Information Technology:
Better Care, Better Business," Glenn Tobin discusses
the aspects of health care in need of transformation;
the reasons why health care information technology is
the right solution; and the benefits to be realized
from implementing IT. "
Edwards M, Moczygemba J. Reducing
medical errors through better documentation. Health
Care Manag (Frederick). 2004 Oct-Dec;23(4):329-33. Review.
" Preventable medical errors
occur with alarming frequency in US hospitals. Questions
to address include what is a medical error, what errors
occur most often, and what solutions can health information
technologies offer with better documentation. Preventable
injuries caused by mismanagement of treatment happen
in all areas of care. Some result from human fallibility
and some from system failures. Most errors stem from
a combination of the two. Examples of combination errors
include wrong-site surgeries, scrambled laboratory results,
medication mishaps, misidentification of patients, and
equipment failures. Unavailable patient information
and illegible handwriting lead to diagnosing and ordering
errors. Recent technology offers viable solutions to
many of these medical errors. Computer-based medical
records, integration with the pharmacy, decision support
software, Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems,
and bar coding all offer ways to avoid tragic treatment
outcomes. Persuading and training hospital staff to
use the technology poses a problem, as does budgeting
for the new equipment. However, the technology would
prove its worth in time. The Institute of Medicine and
coalition groups such as Leapfrog Group have recognized
the problem that permeates the health care industry,
manifests in many ways, and requires the many solutions
that information technology offer. "
King L, Ahrens J. Towards creating
an informatics infrastructure in home health care. Caring.
2005 Jan;24(1):12-3, 15-8.
" Although information technology
is utilized successfully in many industries, its use
in health care-and home health care in particular--continues
to lag. This column summarizes a recent article by Bakken
and Hripcsak (2004) examining the potential for informatics
to improve patient care quality in home health care
by supporting evidence-based practices and patient safety.
The authors provide definitions of the basic components
of an informatics infrastructure e.g., data mining,
digital sources of evidence, etc.--and recommend how
to make an informatics infrastructure for the home health
care industry a reality. Suggestions include: (1) integrating
informatics into education and training; (2) creating
public/private partnerships among government agencies,
vendors, and industry associations; and (3) performing
cost-effective analyses to determine the optimal uses
of specific technologies. "
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