Health IT tip of the day: The name of the game is patient care, not wrestling with IT

When something is simple and doesn't change the normal workflow, staff will not only comply, they will embrace it.

Ranya Habash, MD, CMO for Everbridge and Board Certified Ophthalmologist at the West Boca Eye Center in Boca Raton, Fla.: The trend is that health IT regulations and equipment get more complicated each day, and it's impossible for health systems to keep up. Our number one priority is taking care of patients. That's complicated enough, but it's actually become far easier to do that than to navigate our hospitals' IT protocols and imposed software, hardware or equipment barriers. KISS: Keep it simple, stupid. It's the first lesson we learn in medical school and it's applicable to pretty much any part of our lives — but never more so than in health IT.

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