Wednesday, October 29, 2008

EHR case studies

Physicians love to hear clinical cases. I've been reading through some of the case studies listed on the CCHIT site. It's inspiring to read about stories where an EHR really made a huge difference in the efficiency of a small practice. Clinicians really need more education about the different ways that an EHR can improve their performance.

The AMA is pushing for a new type of CME called Performance Improvement CME (PI-CME). The American Medical Association (AMA)-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (Consortium) is committed to enhancing quality of care and patient safety by taking the lead in the development, testing, and maintenance of evidence-based clinical performance measures and measurement resources for physicians.

PI-CME is a new way of having physicians evaluate and improve their own performance. An EHR is not necessary, but it sure makes it much easier for you to implement and evaluate your own performance. At the Annual Conference of the National Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration, PI-CME was a focus topic. The ultimate goal of CME is to improve patient care and public health. There is a real opportunity for EHR companies to develop and fund so many different types of PI-CME initiatives.

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