Thanks, Hospitalists, for Supporting Health IT
The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) has declared 2016 “The Year of the Hospitalist,” ostensibly to mark the 20th anniversary of the coining of the term hospitalist. According to SHM’s definition, one of a hospitalist’s responsibilities is the “efficient use of hospital and healthcare resources.”
Perhaps that explains why, in the acute care setting, hospitalists often are the initial physician users of new clinical IT, such as EHRs and related applications. That certainly has been true of PatientKeeper’s deployments of our advanced clinical applications – CPOE, medication reconciliation, and clinical documentation – at numerous community hospitals around the country. In fact, hospitalists often serve as physician advisers to the software implementation team, which is invaluable, because when software installers are given a view inside a physician’s day and into physician workflow in the hospital, they can translate those insights into meaningful features and functions.
So thank you, hospitalists, for all you do – including helping to make hospital IT better. By rigorously putting new technology through its paces, you are helping other physicians and their patients.