Outpatient Practice

Using HIT in outpatient settings presents many challenges. These include aspects of connectivity and interoperability that are particularly problematic in an outpatient setting. For example, a physician may see multiple patients at one time located in three different exam rooms. Providing seamless access to an EMR as a physician cares for each patient and ensuring they are viewing and taking action on the appropriate patient are significant challenges. Anecdotally, a similar problem can occur in the emergency room where physicians care for multiple patients at any given time. Various approaches to facilitate physician access and prevent errors include the following:

• Permitting multiple logons to the system at the same time ...

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