The Impact of Zero Interfaces on Clinicians
As part of the HITECH act, the federal government spent over $35 billion to incentivize the adoption of electronic health records (EHR).
Unfortunately, HITECH failed to mandate that these EHRs interoperate with other technologies. The result: 98% of all eligible hospitals have now demonstrated meaningful use of certified health IT, but health information is rarely exchanged without clinicians having to sign out of one system and into another.
This forces clinicians to adapt their workflows to their EHR systems, instead of the EHR making information available to clinicians on their own terms. It’s no wonder that EHRs are attributed to the rise in physician burn-out.
In the words of Douglas Adams “We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works”.
Because TransformativeMed apps for Cerner clients are built on a web-based platform called MPages, no separate interface is required. They just work-like they should. The Core Value Suite of apps embed directly into the EHR, enabling customized views of Cerner Millenium data. This improves EHR usability from within Cerner PowerChart, in real time.
As another Core Workflow Suite user at Haborview Medical Center explained, “When technology works well, you don’t even pay attention to it anymore. It just becomes a natural part of your workflow. I spend a few seconds doing something on Cores that would take me half an hour otherwise, and I actually don’t even think about it anymore.”
This seamless user experience is the impact that zero-interfaces has for clinicians who use TransformativeMed applications.