re: Mostashari: EHRs Will Help Most Patients By 2013
This is a great recap of Dr. MostashariGÇÖs keynote, which I enjoyed. IGÇÖd like to highlight that the learning curve associated with implementing and fully adopting EMRs is one challenge providers canGÇÖt overlook as they work toward Meaningful Use Stage 2. We arenGÇÖt implementing EMRs just for the sake of technology and progress GÇô weGÇÖre doing it for the promise of real clinical benefit and improved quality of care. To realize those benefits, caregivers must be educated and proficient in the workflows and use of the system in their specific roles. One of the easiest ways to reduce the learning curve is to define the proficiency level required for each job role. This becomes the metric for defining knowledge level in the application and drives adoption GÇô each individual feels they have specific goals they can strive for and achieve. Another consideration is how to sustain adoption over time GÇô long after GÇ£go live.GÇ¥ Proficiency erodes after upgrades or changes to the application. Leadership must invest in the people and process required to sustain high levels of adoption over time GÇô and identify metrics to keep track of adoption levels.