EHR Nightmare

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Throughout the past two years, I have rotated mainly through one system. To my dismay, it had been one of the worst as far as electronic health records (EHR) are concerned. Most days I observed the workflow, thinking “If they just did this, they would cut the duration of morning rounds in half.” Let us look past the point that I was usually bored out of my mind!
There was just so much wasted time in dealing with documentation and communication. We are in the digital age. It really shouldn’t be this complicated. I cannot imagine how frustrated the residents and attending physicians must have gotten during this nonsense. This part of the job, which is non-medical, has likely been the direct cause of many doctors’ burnout statuses.
Since I have limited exposure to other systems, I am curious to know if this was a well-below average situation or a fairly normal one (feel free to comment below).

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MEDHOST Announces EDIS Version 4.2 is ONC-ATCB Certified by Drummond Group

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ADDISON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MEDHOST, provider of leading healthcare throughput and emergency department software, today announced that MEDHOST EDIS (Emergency Department Information System) version 4.2 has been tested and certified under Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records ONC-ATCB program. Drummond Group Inc. is an ONC Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) that provides meaningful use certification for EHR systems and applications. When a complete EHR system or EHR module(s) is certified by Drummond Group, the eligible providers and hospitals can use this certified EHR technology as part of their criteria for qualifying for Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentive payments.

“We were glad to see the final criteria’s inclusion of ED order entry because with the volume of orders placed in the ED, our Customers will be able to meet the Stage 1 requirements more easily.”

“Our Customers continually experience improved patient care and safety, as well as streamlined operations when utilizing MEDHOST’s EDIS, and now that MEDHOST EDIS version 4.2 is ONC-ATCB certified they can further leverage the system’s many tools, such as order entry, to qualify for ARRA funds,” said Craig Herrod, president of MEDHOST. “We were glad to see the final criteria’s inclusion of ED order entry because with the volume of orders placed in the ED, our Customers will be able to meet the Stage 1 requirements more easily.”

In addition to Order Entry, Customers can leverage other features in MEDHOST’s easy-to-use EDIS to meet Stage 1 requirements. For instance, clinicians can easily document patient demographics and vital signs, including BMI and growth charts, all of which are included in the core set of Stage 1 requirements. And because the EDIS drives clinicians to specific patient care criteria based on the patient’s chief complaint, age and gender, hospitals can use it to satisfy the clinical decision support requirement. Also, the EDIS’s Continuity of Care Document (CCD), which enables hospitals to seamlessly integrate a patient’s ED information into their other systems, fulfills the electronic copy of health information requirement and makes patient information more accessible. These and other MEDHOST EDIS features not only improve patient care and safety, but the clinician-friendly design also helps hospitals promote clinician adoption and create a more complete EHR.

“Drummond Group has over ten years of software testing experience in several industries and we are pleased to bring that experience to the HIT marketplace. It is a privilege to carry out testing and certification in Electronic Health Records for HHS,” says Rik Drummond, CEO Drummond Group Inc.

“We truly are excited that our Customers can now leverage MEDHOST EDIS to qualify for ARRA funds, in addition to receiving the operational benefits that MEDHOST delivers,” said Herrod. “Helping our Customers qualify for these funds was a driving force behind MEDHOST seeking certification, and we look forward to assisting our Customers as they continue to harness the power of healthcare IT to improve patient care.”

MEDHOST currently serves more than 200 facilities, including large IDNs, rural and suburban hospitals, and several academic facilities across the U.S. MEDHOST easily integrates with leading hospital information systems, including MEDITECH, Cerner, Siemens and McKesson, Eclipsys, CPSI and HMS.

About MEDHOST, Inc.

MEDHOST is dedicated to advancing healthcare IT by developing user-friendly software solutions that improve productivity and throughput, as well as enhance the patient care experience. The MEDHOST product suite has been adopted by leading institutions throughout North America and has proven to dramatically improve house-wide patient flow, financial performance and patient satisfaction. MEDHOST’s OpCenter is an executive decision-support system that provides hospital leaders with real-time information, so they can proactively manage high-level issues that impact throughput, patient satisfaction and resource utilization. MEDHOST EDIS version 4.2 is certified under Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records ONC-ATCB program and includes real time Patient Tracking, Nurse Charting, Physician Documentation, Order Entry and comprehensive reporting. MEDHOST’s ED Pass kiosk enables self check-in, automatically screens for high-risk conditions and feeds information into the MEDHOST EDIS to expand visibility to the waiting room and improve patient safety. Care Clock, MEDHOST’s latest technology, enables hospitals to utilize information from the EDIS and post current ED wait times on their website so patients can make more informed decisions about where to seek care for non-urgent problems. MEDHOST is headquartered in Addison, Texas.

MarketsandMarkets Report Forecasts Growth in Healthcare Information Technology Market

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The US-based research and consulting firm – MarketsandMarkets – has released a healthcare information technology report that forecasts substantial growth in the healthcare information technology by 2014. The forecast of a compound annual growth rate of 16.1% is being attributed to. The CAGR of 16.1% is attributed to the exponential increase in demand for general applications such as electronic medical records (EMR), electronic health records (EHR), computerized physician order entry system (CPOE) and non clinical systems. Continue reading: MarketsandMarkets Report Forecasts Growth in Healthcare Information Technology Market