Survey: EMRs, Other HIT Methods Useful in Reducing Impact of Physician Shortages

Electronic medical records have been identified as the most valuable IT system in reducing the impact of healthcare staff shortages, according to a survey conducted by ASQ.

Through an online poll, 475 healthcare quality professionals ranked other useful IT methods by priority:

• Computerized order entry systems for medications
• Clinical decision support systems
• Telemedicine or remote monitoring systems
• Automated dose dispensing
• Disease registries

Healthcare staffing shortages are expected to significantly increase by 2014. "This trend is real and could have a negative impact on a patient's experience as heavier demands are placed on the system," said Joe Fortuna, chair of ASQ's Healthcare Division. "That's why it is imperative that healthcare organizations focus on enhancing their ability to prevent errors, remove waste and improve the clinical and operational quality of the services they provide."

Read the ASQ news release on HIT and healthcare staff shortages.

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