It’s that time once again for a roundup of interesting tweets. There are always thousands more that we could highlight, so if you’re not on Twitter, why not? It takes some investment to get the best feed possible, but once you do it’s invaluable. Of course, we do our best here at Healthcare Scene to read everything so you don’t have to. So, at least we have you covered there.
Now on to the fun…
When I first started in medicine everything was done on paper.
And believe it or not there was no email. Much easier to "leave work at work".
Fast forward 25 years to emr's, email, and cell phones, it's much more challenging to set limits.
— Margaret Stager, MD (@DrStager) April 30, 2018
This is a fine point that is worthy of more discussion. Of course, it’s a universal problem that doesn’t just apply to healthcare. It’s worth noting that this doctor didn’t comment about the times she had to race into the office to look up a paper chart either because she got a call about a patient that was in the ER. As in most things in life, there’s a lot of give and take. Setting limits is really the key because the accessibility of records can save a lot of time too.
Been at my desk for 8 minutes, watching my super modern computer boot up so I can log into a Citrix shell and get into the EMR, so I can print a list on paper, and write notes with pencil.
— ¡Drinker of Coffee! (@totenfetch) April 25, 2018
This is an interesting one for me. There are some real red flags here. First, if they’re using Citrix, then it’s likely not a true cloud implementation and likely means it’s an older EMR software. Not always true, but quite possible. Second, if the workflow is to print a list so they can write notes with a pencil, then they have some serious EHR implementation, adoption, and optimization problems. Is the optimal workflow a pencil and paper? My guess is not. However, the fact that the machine boots up slow probably indicates that this user doesn’t have great tech support that can show them a better way. Unfortunately, I think that this is probably all too common too.
— John Lynn (@techguy) April 25, 2018
Rasu offered some great insights into data at Health Datapalooza. This was a golden one that I could tell he’d shared quite a bit. How many of you work in organizations that turn data into action?