One movement that I and I’m sure many of you have seen unfolding by HHS and ONC in particular is what Todd Park calls Data Liberacion. As Todd Park has moved to CTO of the US, I expect he’s going to take the data liberation movement beyond healthcare.
The latest addition to the Healthcare Data Liberation movement by ONC is the Health IT Dashboard that was put up by ONC.
Here’s the description of what’s possible for the website:
The Dashboard currently provides summary information about all ONC HITECH grant programs, and detailed data from the Regional Extension Center, and Community College Consortia to Educate Health IT Professionals programs.
Using ONC’s Health IT Dashboard, you can:
Generate maps of health IT adoption statistics for common groups of health care providers & hospitals,
Examine the impact of ONC’s Recovery Act grant programs implementation at national and local levels
Download and analyze the data for your own research projects.
I haven’t had much chance to dig into the data. As I do, I’ll write future posts on what I find. Also, there’s nothing better than crowd sourcing the look at large amounts of data. So, if you’ve found some data that’s interesting, let us know in the comments.
Ever since I saw my first meaningful use dashboard in an EMR, I’ve been interested to see the various ways that EMR companies are implementing and tracking meaningful use in their EMR. So, I was really interested to check out this SOAPware EHR video which walks their users through their various meaningful use features. I should mention that this is their training video and not meant as a marketing piece which is exactly why I like it. It’s 11 minutes long, but if you watch even the first couple minutes you’ll get a good idea for how they’ve attacked the meaningful use requirements for their users.
I really like their meaningful use dashboard and the access to the data. My only fear with their dashboard is that they might be providing too much data and not enough of an overview screen. I think most providers are going to want a little more of a “key indicators” dashboard which gives them a nice summary overview of all the MU requirements and how they’re doing. At least from the video, it seems like it’s showing a little too much data on the front end rather than showing a nice overview and then letting you drill down if needed. Reminds me of my Business Intelligence classes in college. The executives (the doctors) mostly want to see the overview, but they want the ability to drill down if needed or have some other staff member drill down and see what’s wrong.
I find their patient dashboard concept pretty intriguing. I love how it updates in real time your compliance with the meaningful use requirements as you see the patient. I’ll leave the discussion of whether or not compliance with meaningful use should be a central part of patient care for another day. However, I think the real time updating of compliance in the patients chart is a really nice way to fix the issues as they arise instead of trying to correct them after the fact.
In the video they show the MU patient compliance dashboard on the left side, I think that’s configurable and can be moved to the other side or hidden. At least I really hope that meaningful use compliance doesn’t become so prominent in patient visits that it deserves a spot as the left sidebar.
I’m sure I could go in and comment on each feature they demonstrate on the video, but there’s a little flavor of what SOAPware is doing to meet meaningful use. I’d love to see other demo videos of how EMR companies are helping their doctors meet the meaningful use requirements. Screenshots of their dashboards would be interesting as well.
Full Disclosure: SOAPware is an advertiser on this site.
Today was a bit overwhelming for me. Nothing bad about HIMSS, but there’s some much interesting information and good connections that it’s hard to process all at once. So far, I have only had one or maybe two meetings that weren’t just absolutely enlightening and fantastic. The secret for me was to be very blunt about what I was interested in learning and talking about at HIMSS. Either way, I feel really lucky to be here learning. While it means that I have pretty junky posts during HIMSS, its a time for me to fill my tank with interesting insight.
One of those things that I’ve started to see multiple times now is various EHR vendors meaningful use dashboards. I love this dashboard approach. It really simplifies the meaningful use process for doctors. It’s amazing what a dashboard of progress and direct links in the EMR to the charts that don’t meet meaningful use can do.
I asked quite a few of these EHR vendors if they’d be willing to share some of the data they’re getting from these dashboards. For example, I’d love to know which measures are most difficult to achieve for that EMR vendor. The data would be interesting for each vendor, but if I’m able to aggregate enough of this dashboard info from EMR vendors then we could really find out some good persepective on the meaningful use requirements.
I’m really looking forward to this data and I hope that many EMR vendors will take me up on this offer (even if I didn’t see them at HIMSS).
Lots and lots of more posts in the coming weeks. Also, check out this really interesting post I did about something “Heard in the HIMSS Hallways.”
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