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Online Symptom Checkers - What do they really do for consumers?

Posted by Don Bauman on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Several recent publications and articles have referred to online symptom checkers as tools that help consumers self-diagnose, and some even further suggest that these tools should recommend self-treatment as an alternative to seeking professional care. As consumers become more engaged and informed about their healthcare and, in turn, healthcare organizations and providers drive consumers to be more engaged, consumers are turning to the to the internet to get health or condition information.  Framing the conversation correctly for consumers and more accurately representing online symptom checkers is a necessity if we are to embrace the future of medical care.

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Integrating Diagnosis Decision Support with EMR

Posted by Don Bauman on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 @ 01:49 PM

As hospitals and healthcare systems begin to prepare for changes in reimbursement and phase two of meaningful use, optimizing the investment in their EMR purchase will be essential.  One of the most impactful ways to optimize an EMR, especially for physicians, is to provide value added tools within the EMR that incent them to use the EMR.  Clinical decision support can assist in both optimizing the EMR but also drive efficiency throughout the system. 

In the era of changing reimbursement, ACO, bundled payments, pay-for-outcome, it is critical to determine the patient’s diagnosis as soon as possible and get them on the appropriate treatment plan or guideline as soon as possible.  It will be imperative to minimize readmissions, unnecessary testing and the costs associated with them-this starts with getting the diagnosis correct as soon as possible. Today, in 15-30% of the cases there is error or delay in reaching a diagnosis.  Embedding, or providing access through the EMR to diagnosis decision support that can assist with constructing a differential can aid efficient performance.

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Topics: diagnosis decision support, medical diagnosis tool, EMR

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