Innovative Health IT Work-Arounds

Monday, May 18th, 2009
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Just 4 percent of physicians are using “extensive, fully functional EHRs,” according to an HHS-Robert Wood Johnson study published in 2008 in the New England Journal of Medicine . Even so, many practices are implementing “makeshift or work-around HIT solutions to increase electronic access and give practitioners a better sense of what’s happening with their patients,” notes Dr. James Crawford of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Dr. Crawford, who co-chairs the PCPCC’s committee on health IT adoption, was surprised by the number of simple yet intelligent innovations submitted by respondents to the PCPCC’s recent survey on health IT adoption by physicians. For example, an EHR-less practitioner in Camden, N.J., developed a patient registry for high utilizers of emergency services and then directed these patients to medical homes.

Our conversation with Dr. Crawford is this week’s HealthSounds podcast. In other HIT news this week, New York offers $60 million
to install health IT in the medical home and the first of six Maryland hospitals wires its ICU for remote monitoring.

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