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EHR Systems Need Improvements to Become Better Collaboration Tools

October 04, 2016

Physicians are being bogged down with administrative maintenance tasks associated with the shortcomings of electronic health records (EHRs). While HIPAA compliance has brought about many positive changes to digital solutions in the healthcare industry, EHRs still have some major flaws and have led doctors to become less productive than they were previously.

The news, highlighted in a recent study funded by the AMA and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, points to some inherent problems in EHR design. These include poor data presentation interfaces for computer and tablet screens and fragmented information sources, both of which require extra work and time from physicians and healthcare workers trying to enter data to keep up on compliance.

Consumer digital technology has come such a long way over the past 10 years that it may come as something of a shock that EHR systems have changed very little. While mobility, the IoT and the cloud have all had a pervasive impact across many different vertical markets, the healthcare industry has largely been static when it comes to IT advances, and that is becoming an increasing problem as the rest of technology blazes ahead.

The new study shows that EHR systems need to become more user friendly and tailored toward doctors and clinicians. And notes and electronic records need to be better integrated with other healthcare systems to become a more useful and intuitive part of the overall workflow.

One way this may be achieved is by better integration with communications and collaboration solutions. UC can go a long way toward making EHR systems, and HIPAA compliance in general, friendlier if implemented properly. To help with that goal, ISI (News - Alert) Telemanagement Solutions is offering a free webinar today, October 4, at 11 a.m. CST. The session will focus on “Collaboration, Communications & the Increased Risk of HIPAA Privacy Breaches,” and will offer tips on how companies can avoid violations.

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