CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2013 - (Page 16)

Health IT Health IT and Vulnerable Populations: Barriers and Opportunities BY REBECCA PEREZ, RN, BSN, CCM F or the past 20 years, the United States has experienced a major transformation due to information technology. We have become accustomed to having access to information at our fingertips – including our bank accounts, credit cards, government offices, and utilities – which we access in more numerous quantities than could be found in the Encyclopedia Britannica. (For those of you as old as I am, that once WAS our source of information, in addition to Webster’s dictionary.) Health care has not been overlooked in this transformation. As many of us can attest, health information is becoming more digitized, and the days of paper medical records are fading. While the United States has not yet seen a complete shift to electronic health records (EHRs), the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently estimated that 57 percent of physicians seeing Medicare patients are using an EHR in their primary practices. (Carruthers, 2012). Also, Medicare has recently provided incentives for physicians to begin migration to EHRs (Carruthers, 2012). As many of us are aware, this increasing use of health information technology is expected to bring tremendous benefits to our health care system, including improved quality of care, efficiency, and convenience. As health care professionals, we take these changes in stride. We are well acquainted with the evolution of the health care landscape, and we manage to adapt as needed. Is this true for our patients? The implementation of EHRs will enhance the relationships between providers and patients as well 16 CMSA TODAY as between providers themselves. Our patients are beginning to see the use of EHRs when they visit their doctor. I and many of my colleagues have been working with our patients to help increase their understanding of the benefits of EHRs, including: • Health information is kept in one place and all providers see the same information; • Care is more easily and safely coordinated; • Duplication of tests and procedures is avoided; • Medications are easily ordered and reordered; • The patient can now access his/her medical record; • In some cases, the patient may communicate with their physician via email. For the patient with Internet access and/or a smartphone, wellness resources have never been more accessible. For patients motivated to maintain and improve their health, a large number of websites, mobile applications, and devices also exist to assist with tracking activity such as heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure, blood sugar, and even sleep patterns. These same patients can also establish a Personal Health Record (PHR) by which they can manage their own health information and authorize who may access this record, i.e. the primary care physician. PHRs have not yet received the same level of attention as EHRs; however, according to The Journal of Medical Internet Research, EHRs and PHRs should be interoperable. The Journal also cited that the use of PHRs could significantly motivate and engage individuals to take a more active role in managing their health (EungHun Kim, 2009). Patient engagement is critical for improving health care quality and efficiency, and PHRs are seen as a means to this engagement (Eung-Hun While the United States has not yet seen a complete shift to electronic health records (EHRs), the Office of the Inspector General Issue 6 • 2013 • DIGITAL (OIG) recently estimated that 57 percent of physicians seeing Medicare patients are using an EHR in their primary practices.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2013

Are You Helping Pave Technology's Path?
Health IT and Vulnerable Populations: Barriers and Opportunities
ASSOCIATION NEWS
VIEW FROM CAPITOL HILL
CASE MANAGEMENT AND THE LAW
MENTORING MATTERS
CMSA CORPORATE PARTNERS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2013

http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1118
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0417
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1417
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0317
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1317
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0217
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1217
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0117
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1117
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0416
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1416
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0316
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1316
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0216
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1216
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0116
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1116
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0415
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1415
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0315
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1315
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0215
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1215
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0115
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1115
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0414
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1414
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0314
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1314
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0214
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1214
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0114
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1114
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0413
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1413
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0313
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1313
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0213
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1213
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ0113
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/CMSQ/CMSQ1113
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ0412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ1412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ0312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ1312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ0212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ1212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ0112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ1112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ0411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ1411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ0311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ1311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ0211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ1211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ0111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CMSQ1111
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com