AHRQ to Study I.T.-Supporting Workflows in Clinics

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will conduct a study on how to implement health information technology in clinics to support care coordination without negatively affecting existing workflow processes.

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Posted by Lavonna K | Monday, December 02 2013 at 9:29PM ET
The title of this article is telling and timely, since every "roll out" of an EMR seems to be a living hell for the poor people who are actually delivering care. For the most part; current EMRs are not suited to clinical care since they seem to be based on an accounting system - not delivery of care. My former employer, a large Bay Area tertiary care center, rolled out their EMR five years ago. The staff is spending 50 to 75% of their time on documentation, order entry or just trying to figure out where information is located. This has not correlated to good patient outcomes for all the obvious reasons. Every roll out in surrounding hospitals starts with chaos, tears, resignations, physicians ceasing admissions and administrative staff collapsing from exhaustion. There was certainly a lack of collaboration on the part of venders and institutions that I find appalling given the billions of dollars of resources provided by the tax payers in this country for the purpose of a logical, cost saving EMR. AHRQ can "study" all they want, but it is clear we all need to go back to the drawing board. I would also add that those who are making these decisions need to keep in mind they will be on the receiving end of care when their nurse and physician is spending time on data input rather than completing their dressing, administering medication or assessing their medical condition.
Posted by Kim G | Thursday, November 01 2012 at 12:31PM ET
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