6 Ways IT Is Contributing to Health Care Inefficiencies

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Physicians waste a lot of time clicking around the hospital EHR to find all the information they need about a particular patient. That's because the data may live in multiple systems/modules, and the systems are structured in a process-centric way rather than a patient-centric way. By providing physicians with tools to easily find the information they need instead of shackling them to outdated processes, they can become better problem solvers and spend more time delivering high-quality patient care.

No industry has ever computerized its operations with the goal of reducing productivity and efficiency; that would be absurd. Yet we see countless articles and complaints from health care professionals about the fact that certain systems, especially electronic health records (EHRs), have made physicians less productive, less efficient, and potentially less effective. If computers performed similarly for knowledge workers in other industries, they'd still use paper.

While an EHR is supposed to "automate and streamline the clinician's workflow," most systems are not living up to the promise. Counterintuitive workflow, extensive training and alert fatigue are just a few of the hurdles care providers must jump over when going about their daily tasks. These challenges among many others can hinder patients from receiving the best possible care.  

In this slideshow, PatientKeeper, a leading provider of health care applications for physicians, shares six reasons why IT is contributing to health care inefficiencies and what can be done to rectify the problems.

 

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