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Mary K. Pratt
EHR documentation challenges remain
Studies show documentation remains a significant pain point for physicians, but technology developments on the horizon deliver hope for improvements.
Handling wearable data remains challenging for physicians
Experts predict an increasing number of patients will want, and need, to share data generated from devices, forcing health IT to find ways to keep up.
How to survive an EHR outage
Most physicians have plans for responding to computer system failures, but many don’t revisit those disaster recovery/business continuity plans with any regularity.
EHRs open opportunities for clinical trials, research participation
Systems allow physicians and their patients to more easily identify relevant studies, although working such alerts into workflow can be challenging
Artificial intelligence could create smarter EHRs
AI will be an increasingly important player in healthcare IT, with better medical care being an expected benefit.
Uncertainty slows physician investments in EHRs
A new administration in Washington, D.C., will likely impact federal regulations around EHRs, so physicians should cautiously move forward.
Interconnectivity, more devices heighten security risk to EHRs
Physicians facing evolving cyberthreats need to evolve their security stance to avoid being weakest link in electronic ecosystem.
Have patient portals lived up to their potential?
The technology delivers on some promised benefits, but more progress is needed to maximize its value to practices
Use of mobile EHR apps can boost productivity
Going mobile isn’t seamless, but strategic decisions on how to work such devices into workflow practices can yield efficiency gains.
Prepare your EHR now for value-based care
As healthcare shifts from fee-for-service to a model based on quality care, physicians need to make sure their computer systems can keep pace.