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EHR Swaps Coming For Many Healthcare Organizations
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Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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5/8/2014 | 2:01:42 PM
Islands of automation
Islands of automation was a term back in the 1980's used to describe interrelated systems that were locally automated, but still could not communicate with each other. That term might be used even today to describe much of EHR. A system that can't communicate what the ER does in an easily accessible manner to physicians is of little use, and a system where the ER can't access the patient's record at his physician's office can be a disaster. And, of course, it has to be EASY to use, because doctors and nurses are too busy studying medicine to have much time left over for studying computers. In addition to all the other oft-described benefits of cloud-based systems, they can't help but to enforce compatibility and universal access.

 

 

 
Alison_Diana
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5/8/2014 | 5:09:08 PM
Re: Islands of automation
I really think cloud has a huge advantage here too, @Gary. Although we see a lot of smaller practices adopting cloud for the usual reasons -- price; staffing; security, etc. -- some larger organizations are reportedly beginning to review and, in some cases, adopt cloud-based EHRs as well. When we know healthcare providers hunger for analytics, when treatment often demands fast access to data, when patients are fed up with repeating the same old forms over and over, it really is up to developers to do a better job of integrating sytems -- their own AND other vendors. The lack of standards is sad and if the industry doesn't figure it out, guess who'll figure it out for healthcare? The government, I'd bet.
Gary_EL
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5/8/2014 | 7:53:20 PM
Re: Islands of automation
I've noticed over the generations of technologies that standards always seem to emerge - a sort of invisible hand! But something like this, where human lives are at stake, maybe we can't afford to wait. And, after all, the government is a big player in this arena, so maybe this a case where it IS the government's job.


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