Using EHRs to Improve the Safety, Quality, and Efficiency of Health Care: Essential Requirements of EHRs & Clinician Responsibilities for Using Them
Dean F. Sittig, PhD, FACMI
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are designed to transform the collection, display, transmission and storage of patient data with the aim of improving health. A secondary goal is to use patient data to improve the system of health care delivery. Comprehensive, well-implemented EHRs with advanced clinical decision support interventions have potential to increase the safety, quality, efficiency and reliability of information transfer. Despite progress in the use of EHRs, their adoption has resulted in larger than expected challenges in day-to-day clinical processes. Thus, clinicians may perceive that the costs of EHRs (e.g., in time or money, or from required changes in workflow) outweigh direct benefits to themselves, whereas patients and payers appear to benefit more readily. The goal of this presentation will be to reassure clinicians that EHRs will deliver the features and functions they need and that the regulatory environment will support them. In addition, it will highlight their responsibilities in using these complex systems as they care for patients.
• Explain the rights and responsibilities of clinician EHR users.
• Help clinician EHR users understand their role in designing, configuring, implementing, using and evaluating state-of-the art EHRs.
• Help clinician EHR users understand the importance of proper EHR design, development, configuration, implementation, and use as it relates to improving patient safety.
• Describe the essential features, functions, and capabilities of EHRs as they relate to patient safety
September 13, 2016
Noon - 1pm
Countway Medical Library
5th Floor, Minot Room
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