Usability is the Most Important Factor for EHR Adoption
Why is anything successful? Because people like to use it. Usability drives the doctor to pick it up because they enjoy the interface. They enjoy how they are in the driver’s seat, and it’s why people generally enjoy driving a Porsche over a Ford Taurus.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter as much how important EHR’s are to improve health care delivery, or to list all of the benefits of electronic storage of health information. Rambling on about $44K stimulus packages, Obamacare, electronic prescribing, immunization registries, or medication reconciliation will only get you so far.
Health care professionals desire a new approach because they all know the one they’re using now isn’t quite cutting it. They are thirsty for something innovative, easy to use, and elegantly beautiful. Usability will drive EHR growth, leaving all others variables behind.
Case in point, Kalorama Information released a study March 1st, 2011, exploring the EHR world. EHR growth is expected to increase 15% per year until 2015. Kalorama Information found in their study that it’s the usability of the EHR that will be the ultimate deciding factor in the growth market for EHR’s.
Practice management is the second biggest segment, predicted to grow at nearly 11% per year until 2015.
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200 healthier countries, 200 years, 4 minutes…a lot of it credited to advances in technology.
How will the iPad and the drchrono EHR affect this graph in the future?
A House Call in Rural Haiti
After a long, productive day at clinic, we all traveled as a team of doctors to visit this young boy with cerebral palsy, who was unable to make it to our clinic. We had heard about him from another Haitian at clinic that day. He has difficulty walking long distances due to the deleterious effects of his motor disorder. Patients with cerebral palsy often have accompanying disturbances of sensation, cognition, communication, perception, and/or behavior. Sometimes, a seizure disorder is involved, as well.
We were able to treat his severe scabies, along with the rest of the family, and we were able to provide information to a neurologist from the US who made frequent medical visits to a village nearby. Our resources were limited to provide help to him, but we were happy to see him surrounded by such a loving and supportive family. We were happy to know a neurologist would do all he could to provide care for this patient that may not have otherwise received any form of care. The ability to document this encounter using drchrono’s iPad EHR for follow-up care, and to allow the neurologist to see our note through our EHR platform was something I personally felt proud of.
We wish this young boy all the best.
Here I am outlining who is eligible amongst health care providers for the government’s EHR incentive program.