Quoted on Electronic Records Management: Linda Pietzman

Simply put, much is at stake for health care providers and there is little room for error. To meet the aggressive quality and cost metrics, IT infrastructures that are supported by clinical decision support applications and drive standardization of industry best practices must become a priority. Leveraging limited budget resources will depend on the way health care facilities use clinical decision support technology. That includes tailoring treatment plans for a specific patient and doctor through a combination of CDS tools — including data-driven alerts, filtered referential information, order sets for specific diagnoses, care plans, surveillance technology and smart documentation forms.

…Deploying electronic medical records is a critical first step in the evolution of health IT…

From a thoughtful April article on health IT from Dr. Linda R. Peitzman, chief medical officer and executive vice president of clinical development and informatics at Wolters Kluwer Health.  She also discusses a number of finer points about clinical efficacy that make this transition difficult in some ways.

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