Does any of this sound familiar to the CMIOs? A physician colleague stops you in the hall to tell you about a cool new application that he or she saw at a conference. “It downloads information from our system and creates a readmission risk score. All we need to do is create the data feed from our system. The vendor said it was easy.”
The ambulatory EMR adoption train has clearly left the station. Improved quality of care and communication have provided the initial fuel; however, meaningful use, pay for performance and data reporting requirements are whats on the third rail and truly powering adoption. For many providers, the urgency of these forces has encouraged them to lay the train track without a clear map of where they are headed, or what terrain to expect. So, I have this friend, a CMIO at a similar-sized institution, who has been implementing an ambulatory EMR for several years.
Tablets and smartphones continue to infiltrate our personal and professional lives. As a shiny new toy, a smartphone or tablet fulfills important criteria: easy access, affordability, user friendliness and unlimited uses.
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has been rolling out an ambulatory EMR across our network-owned practices over the past several years. Most implementations have gone wellwith the expected resistance and temporary decrease in productivity. But some have resulted in prolonged negative impact on productivity and very unhappy providers.
Weve all been there, whether as physician champions or CMIOs, we are involved in the selection, design and implementation of a new system. Everyone (except possibly some of the end users) is excited about the system and new features.
I hope the staff and readers of CMIO had a safe and restful holiday. I spent New Years in Riviera Maya, Mexico, with my family (wife and three college-aged children). The decision on where to go was based on input from my children: somewhere warm, with a beach and outside the U.S.