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Blog posts tagged with EHR

  • The physician’s note serves many masters 1

    Dr. Jennifer Bolduc
    December 05, 2017

    Doctors have always taken notes, so why are today's physicians overwhelmed by documentation burdens? These notes are for more audiences than ever before and add a significant hidden cost: physician burnout. Read more…

  • Documenting DNR decisions and treatment escalation plans

    Dr Anna Bayes
    November 07, 2017

    In a recent BMJ Open Quality journal article, King’s College NHS Foundation Trust (London, UK) shares its path to a more unified electronic tool to document resuscitation decisions and treatment escalation plans Read more…

  • The interoperable healthcare our Veterans deserve 4

    Paul Black
    October 30, 2017

    We owe our Veterans and service members respect, gratitude and an effective healthcare system that delivers seamless care to them and their families, no matter where they see a healthcare professional. Read more…

  • Improving patient safety with consistent documentation of ward rounds

    Dr Anna Bayes
    October 26, 2017

    NHS Improvement recently issued guidance for best practice in running and documenting ward rounds. Configuration within an electronic patient record (EPR) lends itself to prompting clinicians to check all the key parameters, record decisions and update plans during the ward round Read more…

  • Behind-the-scenes look at a clinical quality dashboard

    Robert Leviton MD
    May 16, 2017

    Some large organizations are wrestling with the abundance of quality data. Northwell Health developed an elegant Clinical Snapshot dashboard to support clinicians with the tools they need. Read more…

  • 5 ways to continue clinical engagement beyond deployment

    Dr Anna Bayes
    April 20, 2017

    Doctors face huge pressure to be efficient during patient consultations, often less than 10 minutes each. Navigating a new electronic patient record (EPR)* system can strain that precious time and leave clinicians feeling frustrated. Over the years, I’ve seen organisations take some successful approaches to alleviate this pressure by continued clinical engagement beyond deployment. Here are just a few examples. Read more…

  • 4 approaches to achieving digital maturity

    Steve Brain
    April 04, 2017

    Three out of four of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) Trusts are not running as efficiently, effectively and safely as they could with a fully-functioning EPR. Most people recognise the value of the information revolution, but financial and operational challenges are hampering Trusts’ ability to implement a digital maturity strategy. Here are the most common approaches NHS Trusts take, along with risks and benefits to consider. Read more…

  • 4 tips for turning Luddites into champions for your new EPR 2

    Dr Anna Bayes
    March 23, 2017

    Change is hard. And for people who find it especially difficult to accept advancements in technology (Luddites), the transition to an electronic patient record (EPR) can be a painful experience. But solid clinical engagement strategies can turn the most vocal opponents into your organisation’s strongest advocates. These approaches will prove helpful from the earliest stages of EPR procurement through configuration, deployment and adoption. Read more…

  • The self-perpetuating problem of bed blocking

    Dr Anna Bayes
    March 07, 2017

    As soon as they are clinically ready to leave the hospital, patients start counting the minutes until their discharge. But can you imagine waiting days, months or even years? One UK report shows that some patients wait longer than a year; one patient stayed in hospital for an astonishing 508 days after being fit for discharge. This phenomenon is known as “bed blocking” – a term used to describe when patients stay in the hospital for a non-medical reason. Read more…

  • Improving pneumococcal vaccination rates

    Jennifer Bolduc MD
    February 07, 2017

    With the number of clinical quality measures required today, there is an abundance of data. But what should we do with all of this information? I ran across a recent example of a data-driven initiative that was both simple and effective. It’s a collaborative health-improvement model (funded by a grant from Pfizer), and it focused on increasing pneumococcal vaccination rates. And it worked beautifully. Read more…

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