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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic with an NLP-based Clinical Opioid Data Repository (nCODR)

Posted by James M. Maisel, MD on Mar 14, 2018 7:14:00 AM

Strategies to address opioid abuse and overdoses have had limited effectiveness in mitigating the high rate of emergency room visits and mortality due to this growing opioid epidemic. A multi-level approach to the opioid epidemic appears necessary to include access, education, prevention, early identification, and mitigation of this scourge, but more importantly we need an evidence-based approach. Prescription monitoring programs may identify patients using opioids and physicians prescribing them, but will not address sources of drugs through other channels.

Studies have shown a near-linear relationship and steady increase from overdose deaths representing a small but quickly growing number of patients with addiction subject to increasing opioid use with tolerance eventually reaching fatal levels. Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses occur at over 30 times the rate of fatal overdoses, suggesting the tip of this iceberg. The straight-line increases leading to overdoses make any proportion of this number grow over time until we can make an impact in the number of people exposed to opioids or mitigate the percent and rate at which they progress to abuse resulting in deaths.

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Tags: Analytics, Blog, MediSapien, Big Data, NLP

You need to ask these important questions before choosing an EHR

Posted by Adele Field on Mar 7, 2018 3:20:41 PM

ALL EHRs are not created equal. EHR usability directly impacts the burden of documentation.

The leading EHRs securely manage patient health information, but the way they do this can be vastly different. When clinical documentation is a source of frustration for doctors, there is a mismatch between their preferred documentation workflow and the EHR user interface. In fact, a top cause of physician dissatisfaction with their EHRs is spending too much time on tedious data entry tasks. EHR usability should be a primary consideration because it can alleviate -- or conversely, increase -- the burden of documentation.

Here are five critical questions to ask when evaluating the usability of an EHR.

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Tags: Blog, EHR Usability, EHRs

6 Critical Considerations for Choosing an EHR

Posted by Adele Field on Mar 7, 2018 3:00:59 PM

By Adele Field, ZyDoc Marketing & Communications Director

Which EHR Should You Choose?

1. Is your practice ready to adopt a new workflow?

Do your research to learn how closely the proposed new EHR’s workflow will approximate your current (legacy) methods of handling PHI. If the new workflow logic will force a radically different approach to entering, organizing, and accessing patient health records, there will be a difficult period of adjustment for your physicians and staff. EHR usability is a hot-button issue, with many vendors falling short. Poor usability will cause significant frustration and inefficiency for your EHR users. If the user interface feels very difficult or will require significantly more staff resources than available, look for another EHR. Charting in an EHR requires a constant flow of data in and data out, a process that can take up to 2 hours per patient visit. An interface that is not user-friendly can make this process onerous. On the other hand, if the interface is generally user-friendly, it may be a good choice for your practice.

Make a list of what you want the EHR to do, and compare features between several different systems.

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Tags: Blog, EHR Usability, EHRs