However, if the system is flawed, implementing new technology can create more problems, and the results can be "bad," or worse, "ugly." It is imperative that healthcare executives understand the benefits and challenges of EHRs and what can be done to eliminate them.
Let us begin on a positive note and take a look at the "good" EHRs can offer practices and health systems alike to start.
A categorical diagnosis of PTSD can be made with an algorithm that requires that the individual 's responses meet the following criteria: The traumatic event involves either injury or life threat; the person felt helpless or terrified during the event, endorsement (rating of 1 or higher) of at least one re-experiencing symptom, three avoidance symptoms, and two arousal symptoms; duration of at least one month; and impairment in at least one area of functioning.
"Having upsetting thoughts or images about the traumatic event that came into your head when you didn't want them to." 0 Not at all or only one time 1 Once a week or less/once in a while 2 2 to 4 times a week/half the time 3 5 or more times a week/almost always The PSS-SR was the precursor to the PDS.
Thus, in addition to measuring the severity of PTSD symptoms (Criteria B, C, & D), it also inquires about the experience of a Criterion A traumatic events, about duration of symptoms (Criterion E), and the effects of symptoms on daily functioning (Criterion F). Questions specifically ask about when it happened, if anyone was injured, perceived life threat, and whether the event resulted in helplessness or terror. Respondents are asked to rate the severity of the symptom from 0 ("not at all or only one time") to 3 ("5 or more times a week / almost always"). The PDS yields a total severity score (ranging from 0 to 51) that largely reflects the frequency of the 17 symptoms of PTSD.
A PDS Profile Report also provides a preliminary determination of DSM-IV PTSD diagnostic status, a count of the number of symptoms endorsed, a rating of symptom severity, and a rating of the level of impairment of functioning. The validation of a self-report measure of PTSD: The Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale.
Storage and inventory is also reduced, freeing up physical space within the hospital or office, and allowing the redeployment of human resources.
Unnecessary movement is eliminated, ultimately eliminating batch delivery and improving the flow of patients and information.
Measure availability: We provide information on a variety of measures assessing trauma and PTSD. Measures for acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. Standardized self-report measures of civilian trauma and PTSD. This not only reduces time, but also dramatically reduces errors — such as duplicate prescriptions or drug interactions — and potential harm to the patient. Charge capture Healthcare organizations keep track of ("capture") a patient's use of hospital resources, such as equipment, medical supplies, diagnostic testing, medication and hospital staff.These charges are recorded and then billed to patients and third-party payers. The process behind "charge capture" can be complex, making it very important that that a system is in place to capture charges completely and correctly, maximizing the potential reimbursement for revenue. Measures developed outside of the National Center can be requested via contact information available on the information page for the specific measure. Measures authored by National Center staff are available as direct downloads or by request.During routine doctor or urgent care visits, the physician has access to preventive health records conveniently in one place.If the patient is due for a cancer screening (such as mammogram or colonoscopy), or blood pressure testing, the doctor can set easily look this up via the EHR system and schedule an appointment for the patient.Most importantly, the culmination of the reduction in waste is improved quality of care for the patient. Computerized physician order entry CPOE allows physicians to place lab and imaging orders, prescriptions and other notices electronically, reducing the error of hand-written orders and allowing the patient's other physicians within the EHR network access to the order.That means, if a patient is prescribed a drug from his/her cardiologist and they are on the same EHR, the primary care physician will have access to the prescribing information.