Physicians seek influence in health IT
In a blog post on the Health 2.0 website, Dr. Hodgkins poses several questions physicians might have when considering how technology can transform health care, “Does it work? Will it work in my practice? Will I get paid? Will I get sued?”
“The questions may seem overly skeptical at first blush, but they are, sadly, informed by bitter experience with digital health products that often promise to help physicians efficiently deliver better care but instead offer up headaches and heartaches,” Dr. Hodgkins’ post stated.
When looking at electronic health record systems (EHRs), he expressed how they are supposed to “liberate physicians from cumbersome paper charts.” However, EHRs end up causing physicians to be glued to their computers rather than spending more time with their patients, leading to late nights and early mornings navigating these cumbersome systems.
“Physicians deserve to have a voice and contribute to innovations in health care, and the AMA is striving to connect them with the people building new technology so that they can work together to make revolutionary products that revolve around what matters: helping physicians take better care of their patients,” Dr. Hodgkins wrote.
“We are also working to help physicians streamline administrative operations, help patients achieve dramatically better health outcomes, and help stakeholders gain greater results with lower overhead,” Dr. Hodgkins added. “We aim to help make health care data more informative, more interoperable, more adaptive and easier to capture.”
Health 2.0 begins Sunday, but full-time practicing physicians and other clinicians can still apply for complimentary registration for the event.
To ensure new digital health solutions facilitate effective care and relationships between patients and physicians, the AMA brings the physician voice to innovators and entrepreneurs. By recognizing the key challenges physicians face when implementing health IT and the increase of direct-to-consumer digital health apps, the AMA aims to help physicians navigate and maximize technology for improved patient care and professional satisfaction.
The AMA is focused on influencing health IT with the goal of enhancing patient-centered care, improving health outcomes and accelerating progress in health care.
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