EHRs are Truly Magic – Just ask Harry Potter (and Mostashari)

What do EHRs, Meaningful Use and Harry Potter all have in common?  Magic?  Farzad Mostashari, M.D., seems to think so. The national health IT coordinator conjured up visions of the well-known wizard a couple of weeks ago during the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) CIO Forum in Indian Wells, Calif. While explaining how Meaningful Use is meant to incite improvements in quality of care, Mostashari gave an example of how electronic health records are like magic compared to the often inefficient paper charts.  He asked the crowd of healthcare chief information officers to imagine opening a folder in which the paper would come alive for part of the patient’s life:

 “What if a doctor could conjure up a magical spell and have all the charts of patients with diabetes fly off the shelves, opening to the pages that would show whether or not each person got the recommended care?”

Properly implemented electronic health records, he said, can do this.

Paper charts and their obvious flaws prevent us from achieving an outstanding level of modern care that EHRs instantly place in our hands.  Better access to complete and accurate information is one of the many benefits of the meaningful use of an EHR.  Health providers not only have all the information they need, but are given greater access to diagnose health problems earlier and improve the health outcomes of their patients.  Sharing the information works, in a sense, like magic because of its ease to be passed across health systems – leading to a better coordination of care.

“What happened to that sacred professional bond between physician and patient in a transactional world when they don’t come back?” Mostashari asked.  Our healthcare system, he said, isn’t good enough.  We need a tool that will cast a spell and bring back the level of trust needed to provide a doctor and patient with a solid level of trust.  We need a tool that will connect a physician’s desire for success with the patient’s need for an approachable, easy-to-access doctor and diagnosis.

Meaningful Use is a powerful tool meant not only to meet a set of standards, but to promote broader adoption of EHRs to improve health care in the United States.  You can open and close a paper chart, but “You can’t use it, you can’t move it. You can’t do anything with it.”  Meaningful Use, however, can be used to open a whole new magical world between a doctor and patient. It should be used as a means to increase patient engagement and encourage health information exchange. It should, in essence, “reengineer the entire care process”.

Hello Health is already reengineering that process with far more than a basic EHR solution. With the added benefit of the patient engagement tools that come with the Hello Health solution, the doctor/patient relationship will be brought up to speed to the modern, touch of a finger (or wave of a wand) world that we are living in.  With Hello Health you not only eliminate stacks of paper piles and simplify the business of medicine with online scheduling, but also enhance your connection with the patients through secure e-mail, Instant Messaging, and even video chat.  With access to remote consultations, lab results, and personal health records, your patients receive greater access to their medical records and their doctors.

And if that is not magic enough, Voila! Hello Health even offers a novel way for primary care practices to earn new top line revenue through our novel patient subscription model. It’s efficient.  It’s easy.  It will leave you absolutely spellbound.

Mostashari may have generated a few laughs at his example of a Harry Potter type medical world, but with a company like Hello Health providing an innovative new approach to modern day medical practice, maybe his idea isn’t that farfetched.

Magic?  It just may be.

Source: HealthcareIT News

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Martin Pierre Roy

Martin Pierre Roy is the Product Innovation and Technology Strategist at Hello Health, the revenue generating EMR platform for primary care practices supporting practice vitality through patient engagement and electronic medical revenue.