Typepad (the hosting service I use) was down on Friday, giving THCB an involuntary day off. Here was my FierceHealthcare editorial on Friday. You can use this as a continuation of the discussion from last week:
There is little doubt that the big story in health IT circles continues to be
the CPOE study in Pediatrics which found an alarming increase in
mortality rates at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Those conclusions
generated a fierce debate as to whether we need CPOE systems, and whether EMRs
can be adapted for critical patient care situations. Yesterday, leading patient
safety expert Bob Wachter likened the phase medicine is undergoing to one
similar to that in aviation in the middle of last century–from independent test
pilots to team players–as described in Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff.
Even though no pilot would go back to doing things the old way, it was not a
painless transition. What is clear is that the introduction of new technology
requires a detailed examination of virtually every care process, and in some
cases the benefits can only be realized if the process is changed to fit the
technology. That is a very complicated sell.