Fifth Talk: 4/26 Customizing the EMR to Improve Usability and Clinical Care

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The EMR, as configured by vendors, is not necessarily well aligned with clinical workflow. It functions well as a data repository; however, navigating through the data maze while at bedside can be a daunting, multiple-click and screen-intensive process that impedes clinical care. Fortunately, at least one major vendor has released a tool that allows client sites to create custom web pages within the EMR that support workflow and significantly enhance usability to provide clinical care at the bedside. During this talk, I will describe some of the Virginia Mason customizations that were created using this tool and show the impact that this redesigned work has had on clinical care.

Barry Aaronson, M.D., FACP, SFHM
Hospitalist and Associate Medical Director for Clinical Informatics
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Departments of Medicine and Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington

Dr. Aaronson received his M.D. degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.  Following residency he served as Chief Resident at Walter Reed. He has been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine. He completed his NLM Post-Doctoral Fellowship within the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the University of Washington in 2009, and now divides his time between Virginia Mason Medical Center, as a Hospitalist, and as the Associate Medical Director for Clinical Informatics.

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