By Larry Ozeran MD, President, Clinical Informatics Inc.
HIMSS core objective as an organization is to improve healthcare quality and patient safety through the best use of IT and management systems. As hospitals and providers work to implement electronic health records and other IT and management systems, HIMSS is launching a blog series on health IT and patient safety to help providers and hospitals identify potential risks to patient safety that have resulted from problems with EHR implementations and mitigate those risks through proactive measures.
If you are a software vendor, how actively do you listen to your users?
Your options might include:
Hire actively practicing clinicians onto your development team for every clinical domain that your software serves.
Hold focus groups and use testers who are actively practicing clinicians in all of your clinical areas to evaluate every product before release.
Preview your products with your user groups long[…]
Marcie Brostoff, MS, RN, NE-BC, Director, Clinical Education and Informatics
Karen Conwell, RN, MSN, CPNP, Clinical Education and Informatics Specialist
Boston Children’s Hospital
Karen Conwell and Marcie Brostoff
In response to the current nursing shortage and a decrease in the pediatric content in the curricula of academic nursing programs, the Department of Nursing at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) developed a comprehensive New Graduate Nursing Orientation Program. Learning through simulation, which includes the Electronic Health Record (EHR) documentation, is one of the key components of this program. Through the practice of new clinical skills, decision making embedded in scenario events, and reflective learning, simulation enables newly licensed registered nurses to transition into the role of competent and independent professionals.
BCH’s program grew out of the hospital’s Crisis Resource Management (CRM) curricula and simulator[…]
Dr. Zaroukian uses an EHR on a daily basis in his primary care internal medicine practice, is past-president of a large national EHR user group, and received the 2010 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award. Dr. Zaroukian chairs the HIMSS Ambulatory Information Systems Committee and the American College of Physicians Medical Informatics Committee.
Filed under: Value of Health IT
Today’s post is a discussion with Chad Grant, the Senior Policy Analyst for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, and Pam Matthews, who serves as the Senior Director, Informatics, for HIMSS.
Pam and Chad will be presenting at the Government Health IT Conference tomorrow, June 12, on the results of the 2013 HIMSS-NASCIO State Health Initiatives Survey: Through the Lens of the State CIO.
Q. How did this survey come about?
Pam: Last August, HIMSS proposed to collaborate with NASCIO to design and execute a national survey of state chief information officers and/or other identified state level representatives.
Chad: Both NASCIO and HIMSS agreed to produce a report summarizing the results of an online survey of the various parties involved with state health information exchanges and the key issues of importance to them.
Q How was the survey developed?
Pam: It was agreed the survey would consist[…]