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Unintended Consequences of HIT
Wednesday, November 14, 7:30–8:30 AM
As the number of practices implementing health information technology (HIT) grows, unintended consequences are becoming increasingly apparent. Possible adverse effects from electronic communication, coordination, and data management processes range from time spent adapting to workflow changes to serious clinical errors.
When you are aware of the various kinds of unintended consequences, you are better positioned to avoid adverse events and clinical errors related to IT. Attend “The Unintended Consequences of Health Information Technology” session on Wednesday, November 14, from 7:30–8:30 AM to identify best practices and potential solutions to mitigate unintended consequences of health information technology in the rheumatology practice, including human, organizational, and environmental factors that have occurred in other healthcare organization during their implementation and maintenance of health information systems, and to gain an understanding of existing best practices and solutions.
Workshop Session: Getting Electronic Health Records Right*
Monday, November 12, 4:00–6:00 PM
The successful adoption of EHRs and other health information technology can support rheumatology providers’ efforts to reduce risk, improve coordination of care, increase adherence to guidelines, and improve health outcomes for patients. For many rheumatology practices, however, successfully selecting and implementing an EHR system that has the necessary features and attributes can be difficult. Practice personnel often do not have the technical knowledge or the resources to select and fully integrate an EHR into practice workflows. As a result, many practices struggle to realize the financial and operational benefits of an EHR, and the cost of failure can be high in terms of morale and dollars.
Attend “Getting Electronic Health Records Right” on Monday, November 12, from 4:00–6:00 PM to learn from the a practicing rheumatologist who works with and understands EHRs.