An EHR should “become invisible to us,” said Steven Schiebel, M.D., of Pediatric Associates, a large eight-location practice based in Bellevue, Washington, summing up what providers really want from their EHRs. Dr. Schiebel likened it to driving a car: you don’t think about it, you just do it.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has laid out an approach to optimize
the healthcare system deemed the “Triple Aim.”2 The IHI believes we must
simultaneously pursue three dimensions: improving the patient’s experience
of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs. To
promote the triple aim, payers are pushing forward “value-based” reimbursement
based on the quality of care. To properly take advantage of these value-based
programs, practices must begin to engage in population health management.
This transformation requires not only a change in philosophical view, but
significant investments in new organizational, workflow, and IT processes.
The role technology plays in transitioning your practice to ICD-10 can’t be overstated. Testing that technology and
training your staff are also important, but putting the right system in place to begin with is critical