We know that many doctors offices and healthcare providers have found it difficult to implement EHRs, but the benefits of going digital when it comes to patient records transcend patients, doctors and healthcare benefits. The HealthWorks Collective recently looked at how working into a slow transition can benefit the practice and the patient.
Amanda Guerrero suggests that electronic health records should not be rushed in implementation. The transition should be open, progressive and allow for communication on difficulties in the changes of every day process. It's also important at this time to communicate how the use of these new records will benefit those involved. Throughout this process there should be a constant feedback loop of what is working and what isn't. For everything that needs to be adjusted, they should be arranged with their priority. And finally, it's the patient that really benefits. They now have access to their health material that they never have, which will allow them to become a more engaged patient. But just handing over access to the electronic records won't simply be enough. The patient needs to understand who the data is laid out and how it works.
This fall at ePharma Summit West, Monique Levy, Vice President, Research, Manhattan Research will join us to look at another popular medium that many of the stakeholders in the healthcare industry are facing - the SmartPhone. With the power of this portable device, what can happen when it's combined with this new medium of electronic health records? And how can Pharma position themselves to be in the place to help their consumers with the powerful tools in their hand? Find out more about this presentation in the newly released 2013 ePharma Summit West agenda. ePharma Summit West will take place September. If you'd like to join us this September, as a reader of this blog, when you register to join us an mention code XP18256BLOG, you'll save 20% off the standard rate.
How can Pharma work to capitalize on the insights and knowledge that electronic health records will provide to their future users - both physician and patient?