Learning Opportunities

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Articles from the Web (Listed by Topic)

EHR Basics EHRs: Physician Benefits EHRs in Practice: Growing Pains
  • Life after Go-Live: Part 1 – Paper in the Paperless Practice. Excerpt: “This column is the first in a four-part series providing observations and insights from the author’s experiences with ambulatory electronic medical record (EMR) implementation.”

  • Malpractice Liability in the Age of Electronic Health Records. In this article published by the New England Journal of Medicine, the authors “explore the implications for malpractice liability of four core functionalities of EHR systems: documentation of clinical findings, recording of test and imaging results, computerized provider-order entry, and clinical-decision support.3 We also discuss the ramifications of secure messaging capabilities integrated into EHR systems and the overall effects that may occur as comprehensive EHR systems become standard.”

  • Tapping the Unmet Potential of Health Information Technology. The author discusses her theory that until clinicians embrace the EHRs and other examples of HIT, realizing their full potential with regard to improved health outcomes will remain elusive.

  • MGMA Study Reveals the Number One Reason Physicians Fear EHRs. Excerpt: “The MGMA report did not tie satisfaction and productivity to the particular EHR being used, but there were clearly some successes, so it is important to understand what differentiates these implementations. It all comes down to usability.”

EHRs: Public Health Benefits
  • Information Technology and Global Surveillance of cases 2009 H1N1 Influenza. This article touches on some of the potential public health benefits that widespread usage of new developments in health information technology, such as EHRs, can have in the event of a global epidemic. Excerpt: “The emergence and global spread of the 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus illustrated not only the hazards of an interconnected world, but also the powerful role of new methods for detecting, tracking, and responding to infectious diseases.”
EHRs: Privacy & Security

Webex, PowerPoints, and CMEs from the Web

Because many of these CMEs are from various states, the Florida Medical Association may not award credit for their completion—you should check the current guidelines. However, CMEs are great sources of information and can be used as a starting point to educate yourself on some the regulations, incentives, and other nuances associated with EHR adoption and use.

CMEs on Incentives:

(Before you can view these links, you must complete a free registration with Mediscape.org)

CMEs on Other EHR Topics:

(No registration required to view the links below)
  • An Introduction to Syndromic Surveillance for Clinicians and Public Health Practitioners. The International Society for Disease Surveillance has produced a series of four learning modules that provide an overview of syndromic surveillance: “the use of near ‘real-time’ pre-diagnostic data and statistical tools to detect and characterize unusual disease activity for further public health investigation.” Even if you aren’t interested in the CME credit, this learning opportunity provides in-depth information about how EHRs and de-identified patient data can be used to explain health trends that are region or locale-specific.