How do we change the way we educate physicians to better use health information technology?

Blog post by Dr. Aviv Schachak @AvivShachak 

Faculty of Information . March 22, 2017. Portrait of Aviv Shachak. Photo by Gustavo Toledo

On July 9 on #hcldr we will be hosted by Dr. Aviv Shachak, lead author of “Educational approaches for improving physicians’ use of health information technology”. Aviv is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation as well as the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. He has been studying challenges with health information technology post-implementation and use, and various approaches to overcome these challenges, for 14 years (especially in Family Medicine).

In recent years, health information technology (HIT) has become ubiquitous. However, challenges remain with achieving value-adding use and realizing the full potential of these systems to reduce costs and improve health care quality and safety. Unintended consequences—both positive and negative—also emerge including changes in workflow, increased documentation burden, over-dependence on technology, new types of errors, and impacts on patient-clinician communication.

Technology continues to evolve faster than ever. And with rapid developments in fields such as Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that are becoming more and more prominent in health care, the question is then how we can realize the benefits of health information technology and avoid negative unintended consequences. More specifically, how do we change the way we educate physicians to better use health information technologies—especially that some of which may not have been even invented yet?

Dr. Shachak joins us to discuss these challenges and share some lessons from his and others’ work on educational approaches to improve clinicians’ use of health information technology.

Please join the #hcldr community on Tuesday July 9th at 8:30pm ET (for your local time click here) when we will be discussing the following questions:

  • T1 Many physicians say that EHRs have turned them into data entry clerks. Is that a fair assessment and how might this be addressed?
  • T2 There is growing evidence/concern that EHRs have a negative impact on patient-clinician communication. How can we turn this around?
  • T3 How could Information Technology be better incorporated into medical education? Example: video tutorials & simulation models help physicians apply IT in real world conditions?
  • T4 The pace of change in Health IT continues to accelerate. How can (and should) physicians stay on top of the latest technologies?

Special thanks to the Canadian College of Health Leaders @CCHL_CCLS for helping to bring this discussion together. They have also graciously made the article below – OpenAccess until July 14th!

Recommended reading before the tweetchat

Educational approaches for improving physicians’ use of health information technology (Open Access available June 27 – July 14) – Aviv Shachak, M.Sc., Ph.D., Gurprit K. Randhawa, M.Sc., Ph.D., Noah H. Crampton, MD, CCFP

Image Credit

Supplied by Canadian College of Health Leaders

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