Is Youth the Answer for EMR and EHR Adoption?

Posted on August 12, 2011 I Written By

Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC. He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC in 2009. He can be contacted at doctorwestindc@gmail.com.

How many children have taught their parents and grandparents how to use a computer, thus bringing them into a new era of their lives?  Apparently, at Penn State, premedical students are now putting these skills to good use by teaching hospital doctors how to use their EMR or EHR system.  The August 6 post Penn State Students Coach Doctors to Use Electronic Medical Records describes what sounds like a wonderful program that gives motivated students a chance to share what they have learned about using the hospital’s EHR system with around 250 doctors.  They’re in the hospital from 7 AM to 7 PM on call as needed.  The doctors are able to fit them in much more flexibly than if they had to go to the trouble of scheduling a conference to meet all at once.

“They’re well educated on the program and have been doing a great job instructing us on how to use it,” Jeff Eaton, a cardiologist at Mount Nittany, said. “The system is not easy to figure out, it’s so different, like a maze. I’m dreading the day when they’re not here.”

The plan is to have all the docs in the hospital trained by the end of 2011 so that they can attest for the CMS EHR incentive program.  Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC.  He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC, as a solo practice in 2009.  He can be reached at doctorwestindc@gmail.com.