Health Faces Up To EMR Challenge

Who:  IDM.Net.au

What:  The role of the Health Information Manager is no easy task.  Like a conductor leading an orchestra, they must lead a wide range of health information initiatives – across multiple departments – to keep their health system in tune.  And with the healthcare data explosion – driven by the Electronic Medical Record, and clinical imaging – there is a huge imperative to manage increasingly diverse types of information.

So how can a Healthcare Information Manager keep up with their health systems’ adoption of the electronic medical record without missing a beat? A recent survey of over 200 health information managers from providers across North America by Iron Mountain sheds light on the areas of the transition to the electronic health record that are the most challenging:

- Paper in Person (dealing with legacy paper records)

- Document imaging

- Secure shredding

Why: While the focus is often on the digital technology, the importance of dealing with the legacy paper records cannot be overestimated.

About Peter Polack

Peter J Polack is founder of emedikon, a medical practice management consulting firm and president of protodrone, a software development company specializing in medical practice applications. A technology columnist for Ophthalmology Management Magazine, he is a managing partner for a large multi-specialty ophthalmology practice in Florida.

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