Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bad Robot Post of the day

from Dilbert.

related items; Shortage of IT health care workers.
The study, based on a 2012 survey of health care chief executives and interviews with IT and human resource professionals, found that demand has grown among not only health care organizations but also insurers and big pharmaceutical companies that need staff to analyze and integrate data sources. Some are meeting their needs by hiring new employees, and others are doing so by buying up technology companies, which the report said reduces the pool of IT talent into which health care organizations can tap.

Related item number two: Physicians are demoralized.

the problem? Forced to see too many patients with more problems and a lot more paperwork in a shorter amount of time...
the problem is made worse because the powers that be, such as those writing the report, see it as a technological problem, to be solved by technological means.

The Leape Institute report recommends that health care organizations commit to creating a culture that values civility and transparency. That includes using evidence-based management skills that improve an organization's reliability, communication and teamwork; offering wellness and peer-support programs; and sharing quality and safety data to encourage problem-solving instead of finger-pointing.

 but the only real world doc quoted in the article gets it right:
Health care organizations hoping to prevent disruptive behavior, reduce physician stress and improve care quality should target heavy workloads and time-constrained care, said Alan H. Rosenstein, MD, who was not involved in the Leape Institute report.

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