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101 Tips to Make Your EMR and EHR More Useful – EHR Tips 11-15

Posted on December 13, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Time for the next entry covering Shawn Riley’s list of 101 Tips to Make your EMR and EHR More Useful. I met someone at a conference who commented that they liked this series of posts. I hope you’re all enjoying the series as well.

15 Avoid multiple sign-ins if possible.
One thing seems abundantly clear to me: healthcare IT will be a heterogeneous environment. This is particularly true in the hospital world. Even the biggest behemoth of an HIS can’t satisfy all of the healthcare IT requirements of a hospital. So, getting a great SSO (single sign on) solution will be really important and turns out to be a great thing for your users and your help desk.

14 Make sure security is solid, but not prohibitive.
One thing about healthcare security and HIPAA that’s often misunderstood is that it should protect patient’s information, but it should also not get in the way of a clinician doing what they legitimately need to accomplish. Many security policies go too far and make legitimate healthcare work too hard. This is a huge mistake.

13 PDSA – Use it! Plan – Do – Study – Act
In this one, Shawn talks about the idea of continuous improvement which is a really good one. I also think far too many companies get stuck in the planning and do far too little doing and acting. All four steps of the process are important and useful, but don’t over think it either.

12 LEAN
Lean isn’t about being cheap. Lean isn’t about providing substandard care. Lean is about spending where it matters most. It’s about focusing on what’s most important and creating value from the things you spend money on. I’d love to see more LEAN concepts used in healthcare.

11 Buy MORE printers
Yep! Printing increases dramatically with an EHR. Almost all those forms that you use to print in bulk will now be coming out of your printer. Also, just because somewhere is fully electronic doesn’t mean that they are paperless. Paperless is a mythical creature that will likely never be achieved in our lifetime. Make the printers accessible for your providers.

If you want to see my analysis of the other 101 EMR and EHR tips, I’ll be updating this page with my 101 EMR and EHR tips analysis. So, click on that link to see the other EMR tips.

Health Care IT 2011 Predictions

Posted on December 29, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

The end of 2010 is at hand and the beginning of 2011 will shortly be upon us. So, the litany of people making projections for health care IT in 2011 has started. I actually love reading people’s projections. They definitely give me something to think about.

I’ll personally be saving my predictions for a New Years post on EMR and HIPAA. So, watch for it over there.

Today I came across eWeek’s 2011 Health Care IT predictions article. In the article, Shahid Shah, CEO of IT consulting firm Netspective Communications and author of the Healthcare IT Guy blog makes five predictions for health care IT in 2011 (with my comments on each prediction):

1: Health care IT departments will increasingly adopt virtualization
I personally see virtualization being huge in hospitals, but not so much in small doctors offices. Unless their IT vendor is providing some sort of back end virtualization. Although the doctor will barely even know if they are or not.

2: Stand-alone medical devices will become more integrated in IT strategy and priorities
We’ve been moving this direction for quite a while. Unfortunately, I still don’t see the standards for medical device connectivity that will really make this explode. Plus, it’s expensive to replace existing equipment and a lot of the money is going to be going to EMR software and not new equipment.

3: Identity and access management will be essential tools in fighting data breaches
You can certainly make the case that single sign on solutions actually make fighting breaches harder and easier to occur. Everyone has always wanted single sign on (for obvious reasons). There are some vendors that are doing much better at this now. So, watch for it.

4: Health information exchange standards will become clearer
The HIE market has been really hot in 2009. The stimulus money for it will still be there and the need for it to happen to facilitate meaningful use stage 2 will push it along as well. I agree that NHIN and other government projects will move this along more than we’ve ever seen before.

5: Mobile health players will seek a business model
I still see mHealth as an extension of existing businesses and healthcare IT. I don’t believe we’ll see all that many pure mHealth companies find a business model. Although, there will be some in the consumer space that will do very well. I also see many mHealth initiatives in underdeveloped countries seeing some amazing results.

If you know of other articles predicting things in 2011, I’d love to see them.