Electronic Medical Records: A Practical Guide for Primary Care / Edition 1

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Overview

Physician adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs) has become a national priority. It is said that EMRs have the potential to greatly improve patient care, to provide the data needed for more effective population management and quality assurance of both an individual practice’s patients and well as patients of large health care systems, and the potential to create efficiencies that allow physicians to provide this improved care at a far lower cost than at present. There is currently a strong U.S. government push for physicians to adopt EMR technology, with the Obama administration emphasizing the use of EMRs as an important part of the future of health care and urging widespread adoption of this technology by 2014. This timely book for the primary care community offers a concise and easy to read guide for implementing an EMR system. Organized in six sections, this invaluable title details the general state of the EMR landscape, covering the government’s incentive program, promises and pitfalls of EMR technology, issues related to standardization and the range of EMR vendors from which a provider can choose. Importantly, chapter two provides a detailed and highly instructional account of the experiences that a range of primary care providers have had in implementing EMR systems. Chapter three discusses how to effectively choose an EMR system, while chapters four and five cover all of the vital pre-implementation and implementation issues in establishing an EMR system in the primary care environment. Finally, chapter six discusses how to optimize and maintain a new EMR system to achieve the full cost savings desired.
Concise, direct, but above all honest in recognizing the challenges in choosing and implementing an electronic health record in primary care, Electronic Medical Records: A Practical Guide for Primary Care has been written with the busy primary care physician in mind.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is a series of articles on the current state of affairs in the national debate over the need for, and how to adopt, an electronic medical record, while recognizing the difficulties, costs, and other impediments to implementing such a system.
Purpose: In the preface, the editor clearly outlines why electronic medical records are important and, subsequently, why he has brought the contributors together. The book has great potential and it addresses an important topic. However, one of the major drivers in medical costs is the duplication of tests, particularly when patients are being referred for specialty care. Unfortunately, the book fails short of discussing the interactions between primary care and specialty physicians.
Audience: This is a book for every medical practice, primary care and specialist, that is facing the questions of should they implement an electronic medical record system, and when and how they should do it.
Features: The book brings up many basic questions concerning electronic medical records, but it leaves many questions unaddressed, such as the interaction of primary care and specialty physicians. Also, the discussions are somewhat one-sided, based upon primary care physicians. Corresponding discussion from software engineers would have been a considerable improvement. Another issue is the interaction of governmental entities that are driving implementation of electronic records and, while there is some discussion of governmental impact, hearing from the framers of the legislation would help explain their expectations and what they have learned in unexpected outcomes thus far.
Assessment: There is good information in this book, but it stops short of expectations. Perhaps the next edition could be expanded to address these farther-reaching aspects of the electronic medical record implementation initiatives..
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Reviewer:There is good information in this book, but it stops short of expectations. Perhaps the next edition could be expanded to address these farther-reaching aspects of the electronic medical record implementation initiatives..
Description:
Purpose:"This is a series of articles on the current state of affairs in the national debate over the need for, and how to adopt, an electronic medical record, while recognizing the difficulties, costs, and other impediments to implementing such a system. "
Audience:"In the preface, the editor clearly outlines why electronic medical records are important and, subsequently, why he has brought the contributors together. The book has great potential and it addresses an important topic. However, one of the major drivers in medical costs is the duplication of tests, particularly when patients are being referred for specialty care. Unfortunately, the book fails short of discussing the interactions between primary care and specialty physicians. "
Features:"This is a book for every medical practice, primary care and specialist, that is facing the questions of should they implement an electronic medical record system, and when and how they should do it. "
Assessment:"The book brings up many basic questions concerning electronic medical records, but it leaves many questions unaddressed, such as the interaction of primary care and specialty physicians. Also, the discussions are somewhat one-sided, based upon primary care physicians. Corresponding discussion from software engineers would have been a considerable improvement. Another issue is the interaction of governmental entities that are driving implementation of electronic records and, while there is some discussion of governmental impact, hearing from the framers of the legislation would help explain their expectations and what they have learned in unexpected outcomes thus far. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607616054
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Series: Current Clinical Practice Series
  • Edition description: 2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 0.36 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Background and State of the Art
Catherine M. DesRoches, Dr. P.H. and Paola Miralles

2. Primary Care Perspectives – Interviews and Stories of Success and Disappointment
Neil Skolnik, M.D.

3. Choosing an EMR
Kenneth Adler, M.D.

4. Pre-Implementation Planning
Christopher Notte, MD

5. Implementation
Anupam Kashyap B.E , M.B.A

6. Maintenance and Optimization
Tom Wilkenson, M.D.

7. A View from the Top – Lessons from Leaders of Industry
Neil Skolnik, M.D.

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