Good News Makes Bad Headlines

Sarasota ECCentrance

Sometimes it seems as if the only news you read about computerizing healthcare is bad news.  Errors, alert fatigue, unintended consequences . . . it’s almost as if people enjoy hearing what’s not working  and can’t wait for the next installment.  Meanwhile, healthcare organizations that have invested in high-performance Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other advanced IT systems continue, often without fanfare, to make major advances in patient safety, quality of care, cost-effectiveness and efficiency.  One such organization is Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, an 806-bed regional medical center on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  Literature and industry experts such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM) have described the risks associated with patients who, as their condition worsens, remain unnoticed, and therefore un-rescued.  Patients who “crash” are among the most costly to care for.  Sepsis alone costs the U.S. healthcare system an estimated $17 billion a year, […]