Can the hospital quickly identify all the patients who are bedridden, or all the pregnant moms? If not, why not? We need to demand simplicity and power from our technology, not more complexity. We have to identify where the worst practices are happening. If our IT systems can't do that, how good are they really?
The challenge of simplifying all technology, including the crucial analytics technology featured in our December roundtable highlights, is the challenge of 2013. "We have to figure out ways to make this easier," says Joe Kimura, MD, MPH, medical director of analytics and reporting systems at Atrius Health.
Over the past year, I've spent hours listening to the recorded meetings of the ONC Health IT Policy and Standards Committees and various subcommittees and tiger teams. One such meeting happened on June 7, the Quality Measures Workgroup Clinical Quality Public Hearing.
Speaker after speaker, including Kimura, sounded a clarion call for simplicity amidst the technology tsunami. It is recommended listening, and since there's also a transcript, recommended reading as well.