Lyniate Team

Despite reluctance, technology can make physicians better

June 28, 2016

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Originally from: http://www.nytimes.com/

“‘People confuse information automation with creating the kind of work environment where productivity and creativity can flourish,’ said Dr. David J. Brailer… ‘And so little has gone into changing work so far.'”

As technology and EMR usage grows in healthcare practices, many doubt the financial reward and increase in patient quality. Common to most physician situations, technology was forced upon them with the meaningful use government standard.

This initially led to mainstream criticism and reluctance to the technology, however, tides are turning as more stories are shared of doctors who have embraced technology and seeing results. As told by Dr. Sutherland in the article:

“Despite the extra work the new technology has created and even though it has not yet had the expected financial payoff, he thinks it has helped him provide better information to patients.

He values being able to tap the screen to look up potentially harmful drug interactions and to teach patients during visits. He can, for example, quickly create charts to show diabetes patients how they are progressing with treatment plans…

He is working harder, Dr Sutherland says, but he believes he is a better doctor. Blunt measures of productivity, he added, aren’t everything. ‘My patients are better served,’ he said. ‘And I’m happier.'”

Widespread criticism, such as decreased patient time due to more time in front of a screen, is reasonable and worth discussing, however stories like Dr. Sutherland’s go above the status quo bitterness and illustrate how technology can better engage patients.

Giving physicians the right data at the right time to improve patient care is what we at Corepoint Health strive to empower. No matter how complex, Corepoint Integration Engine enables data to be shared and used both inside and outside hospital walls. 

Special thank you to the commitment of Dr. Sutherland, for his commitment to connecting data to patient care!

Read the full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/06/business/why-the-economic-payoff-from-technology-is-so-elusive.html

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