Many docs use health IT tools, but few find them helpful, survey finds | Joey Sudomir comments on the "electronification" of the medical field | Survey reveals investment priorities of IT leaders
April 16, 2015
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Many docs use health IT tools, but few find them helpful, survey finds
An Accenture survey showed that doctors are better at using EHRs in their practices now than in 2012, but the percentage of those who believe that EHRs can aid treatment decisions, boost care outcomes and cut medical errors has decreased. Although doctors have become more proficient with the technology, Accenture found 70% of respondents believe they have less time with patients as a result of their adoption of health IT tools, while 76% noted that the current state of interoperability restricts their ability to improve care. Health Data Management (4/13), (4/15)
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Joey Sudomir comments on the "electronification" of the medical field
Joey Sudomir, VP of IT, Texas Health Partners
Joey Sudomir, VP of IT, Texas Health Partners
Quietly, and perhaps even unbeknownst to the subjects, the health "electronification" experiment appears to be working. At least that was my key takeaway from Mr. Slabodkin's article regarding the survey results recently released by Accenture. While there were certainly aspects of interoperability and evidence-based medicine in early meaningful use stages, the real goal of the initial phases was encouraging providers (physicians or clinicians) to just start using that darn computer. In the grand scheme, there can be no population health, for example, without copious amounts of data both available and interoperable. But to strike it data-rich, there has to be copious adoption of the input mechanism (see EHR), which the Accenture survey suggests is becoming a reality.

Another aspect of the article that piques some interest is the transition from data-driven to "gut-feel" responses. Statistics presented in the beginning of the piece, such as percentages of physicians electronically entering notes or using e-prescribing, are true quantitative (Boolean yes/no) answers. However, as the article moves into how electronic records are affecting providers' ability to deliver care effectively, the responses are based on perception more than straightforward data. You can pinpoint the current state of any process by finding the breaking point between quantitative and qualitative measures.

With that in mind, our journey to "electronification" needs to continue the shift toward standards that force both the vendors and providers to use the tools in a way that drives a quantitative output when asked questions like, "Are you improving your ability to provide patient care?"

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