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Health IT Developers are Working to Understand Workflows

Health IT Developers are Working to Understand Workflows

Via EHR Intelligence… “Health IT developers from Google, Apple, and other tech companies are working with clinicians to gain a better understanding of clinical workflows during app development, according to CNBC.

UCHealth Chief Innovation Officer and emergency room physician Richard Zane, MD, has invited health IT developers from different companies to observe the way he interacts with EHR technology and uses health IT tools for clinical documentation and clinical decision-making.

While Zane offers health IT developers insight into certain administrative tasks associated with patient care, he does not invite the engineers into operating rooms or allow them to see patient information.

Zane initially began inviting health IT developers into the clinical setting after identifying a need for innovators to understand how their products are used.

“We found that tech companies more often than not had a preconceived notion of how health care worked,” Zane told CNBC.

By allowing developers to gain a full understanding of the ways their technologies are applied to clinical care, Zane hopes health IT companies will start to build tools better-suited for the clinical environment.

RxRevu startup founder Carm Huntress is one health IT developer who has shadowed Zane and incorporated this new knowledge of the clinical setting into app development.

The Colorado-based health IT company worked with UCHealth to develop a service that assists physicians with prescribing. RxRevu’s health IT solution helps clinicians quickly identify potential adverse drug interactions, patient allergies to medication, or whether a patient’s insurance will cover a specific drug.

The health IT product is intended to streamline and improve the prescribing process for clinicians.

During his time observing Zane, Huntress said he noticed clinicians often ignore notifications that pop up on their EHR interfaces. This indicated to Huntress that alert fatigue is a common problem among clinicians, and that reducing notifications may help to improve the usability of RxRevu’s product…”


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