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Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Healthcare Launches an Ongoing Online Conversation for 2012

Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Healthcare Launches an Ongoing Online Conversation for 2012

My first post for the launch of our site was titled, “I Don’t Have Time for This.”  I still don’t, and the last 6 weeks has been particularly busy – generating Meaningful Use reports for several hundred doctors, and attempting to understand the implications for those who landed on the right side of a threshold metric, and those who did not (problematic metric, problematic report, problematic use of EHR, etc.).  Being “heads down” in reports and attestations can be mind numbing – but it can also bring out the best in our profession… thoughtful insights and reflections regarding new workflows or process; their implications for patient care, and constructive suggestions for how this might be made better going forward. 

What makes this ongoing conversation so important now?  While the number of doctors attesting for Meaningful Use was predictably low in 2011, Dr. Farzad Mostashari has stated that he expects 100,000 providers to attest for Meaningful Use in 2012.  If he is correct, we will have a huge number of physicians using EHRs in 2012 for the first time.  Our hope at Doctors Helping Doctors, is that these new users (as well as my fellow old timers) will not just achieve compliance with Meaningful Use metrics, but also adopt thoughtfully in the service of making care better and safer for our patients.

Our first post of 2012 is from Dr. Chris Tashjian, a family physician in a small group practice from rural Wisconsin, who was one of the first physicians to attest for Meaningful Use in the spring of 2011.  Dr. Tashjian writes about his experiences with the Clinical Visit Summary, its effect on his patients, and his thoughts on where he will take this patient engagement tool in 2012 and beyond.  Dr. Tashjian is also on the Advisory Board of Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Healthcare.

I have written a companion piece to this post – which was promised at our launch, including not just the good, but also the bad and “ugly” aspects of this transformation.

We invite constructive comments on these and all posts.

About Peter Basch, MD

Medical Director, Ambulatory EHR and Health Information Technology Policy
MedStar Health

Washington, DC

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