Hacking Healthcare: A Guide to Standards, Workflows, and Meaningful Use
- Binding: Perfect Paperback
- Author: Fred Trotter;David Uhlman
- Publish Date: 2011-10-29
Ready to take your IT skills to the healthcare industry? This concise book provides a candid assessment of the US healthcare system as it ramps up its use of electronic health records (EHRs) and other forms of IT to comply with the governmentâs Meaningful Use requirements. Itâs a tremendous opportunity for tens of thousands of IT professionals, but itâs also a huge challenge: the program requires a complete makeover of archaic records systems, workflows, and other practices now in place.
This book points out how hospitals and doctorsâ offices differ from other organizations that use IT, and explains whatâs necessary to bridge the gap between clinicians and IT staff.
- Get an overview of EHRs and the differences among medical settings
- Learn the variety of ways institutions deal with patients and medical staff, and how workflows vary
- Discover healthcareâs dependence on paper records, and the problems involved in migrating them to digital documents
- Understand how providers charge for care, and how they get paid
- Explore how patients can use EHRs to participate in their own care
- Examine healthcareâs most pressing problemâavoidable errorsâand how EHRs can both help and exacerbate it