This post is part of the Effective EMR: Beyond the Technology discussion, based on content from the Global PHAT 2010 Conference. To get some background on the topic, the session video and presentations from Hamish Fraser, Mike McKay and Bobby Jefferson are available in this related resource: http://www.ghdonline.org/tech/resource/global-phat-effective-emr-moving-beyon...
For the first question, we will take a look at the fundamental premise that EMR is an enabling technology that requires additional steps in order realize improvements in quality or increases in efficiency. Is this premise correct? What are specific examples you have been involved in of making EMR effective and what steps (especially steps outside of software updates) did you take to get there? Some examples of steps might be related to updating clinical workflow, recruiting a particular person to champion a project, modifying training programs, creating a new working group, etc.
Summary: Electronic medical record systems (EMR) are an enabling technology that can be leveraged to increase efficiency or improve quality of care. The technology itself, however, is often less important than the non-technological factors in determining the success of an implementation. Factors include information and clinical workflows, training and support, organizational priorities, funding, and form design.
Global PHAT 2010 on May 1 at the Harvard Kennedy School included a panel entitled Effective EMR: Moving Beyond the Technology (www.globalphat.com/panel2.html). The panel was moderated by Jonathan Payne begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, graduate of Harvard School of Public Health. Panelists included:
- Hamish Fraser, Director of Informatics & Telemedicine, Partners in Health
- Bobby Jefferson, Senior Health Informatics Advisor, Futures Group
- Mike McKay, Former Country Director, Baobab Health Malawi
PHAT has partnered with GHDonline.org to continue the discussion of these important topics in the Health IT Discussion Forum. Take a look at the video below and the attached resources and participate in the discussion at GHDonline.org.
What non-technological factors make EMR effective? (http://www.ghdonline.org/tech/discussion/what-non-technological-factors-make-...)
Source: Public Health & Technology Forum
Publication Date: May 1, 2010
Keywords: Baobab, Conferences & Meetings, EMR, Global PHAT, health information technology, IQCare, OpenMRS