Medical Scribes Move Outside the ER to Help Clinicians in Other Healthcare Settings Make the Switch From Paper Charts to EHRs

Scribe-assisted physicians say their productivity is back to normal after plummeting with connection to an EHR and have time to spare One unintended consequence of the federal program to encourage hospitals and physicians to adopt and use electronic health record (EHRS) systems is the creation of a new category of healthcare worker. Today, a growing number of hospitals and medical groups are hiring medical scribes. Medical scribes are trained individuals who document physician-patient...

More Physician Use of EHRs Could Increase Medical Malpractice Claims

Because they provide medical lab test results to EHRs, clinical labs and pathologists are often named in medical malpractice lawsuits Some experts predict that the great expansion in the number of physicians using electronic health record (EHR) systems may trigger an increase in medical malpractice lawsuits. Were this were to happen, clinical laboratories and pathology group practices might find themselves also named in such lawsuits because they provided the medical laboratory test results...

CDC Reports that Hospital Improvement Programs Cut ICU Infection Rate by 58%

Clinical pathology laboratory testing played a role in reducing rate of ICU infections Here’s a big win for improved patient outcomes, and clinical labs and pathologists played a significant role in this achievement. Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) in ICUs decreased in number by a whopping 58% from 2001 to 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some healthcare experts attribute this significant reduction in ICU infections to greater...

Ranking Top 10 Hospital EMR Vendors by Number of Installed Systems

Clinical pathology laboratories will keep busy interfacing their LISs to these EMRs Tis the season of electronic health records (EHR), now that both hospitals and physicians can qualify to earn incentives from the federal government when they implement these solutions and meet “meaningful use” criteria. It is possible for individual hospitals to receive incentives totaling as much as $2 million for implementing a certified EHR. This is powerful motivation for cash-strapped hospitals. For that...

Hospital Outcomes Transparency Gets New Tools in Washington State

Although designed for use by consumers, pathologists and clinical laboratory managers can use it too Tally up the State of Washington as the latest to implement a program to bring greater transparency to patient outcomes produced by different hospitals. In recent months, the rates of healthcare associated infections (HAI) in Washington State hospitals became available on the Internet for public viewing. Just like patients shopping for a hospital that meets their needs, pathologists and...
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