In a recent survey by MedData Group, 65% of 254 physicians spanning all subspecialties and practice sizes said they expect electronic health records (EHRs) to have the greatest practice impact among all medical technologies in 2015. Among orthopaedists, 78% ranked EHRs as being the most influential practice technology. Diagnostic technologies ranked a distant second among physicians, but twice as many as last year considered this area of technology to be significant. The survey found that overall practice-management priorities in 2015 will focus on two areas: successful implementation of ICD-10 and better quality care for patients.
Google Glass is expanding its medical applications far beyond capturing and transmitting videos of surgery. Google Glass is now entering and retrieving patient information into and from electronic health records. A pilot test of Google Glass and Augmedix taking place at Dignity Health’s Ventura Medical Clinic involves three family practices and over 2,700 patients. Physicians using Google Glass have reported a major drop in daily time spent entering info into the EHR from 33% to 9% and an increase in direct patient care time from 35% to 70%. Participating doctors put on Google Glass prior to meeting with the patient. During the visit, Augmedix software captures the audio and video through the device and enters it into the EHR system. The doctor can also ask questions to retrieve certain types of information such as lab-test results. (See related OrthoBuzz item from May 2, 2014.)
Augmedix, one of several start-ups devising applications for Goggle Glass in health care, is developing a seamless way for Glass-wearing doctors to push information to and from electronic health records (EHRs). A recent study in the International Journal of Medical Informatics found that doctors who use EHRs in the exam room spend much of their time looking at the computer screen rather than at the patient. The Augmedix product would record information from the doctor-patient interaction automatically and potentially boost “face time.” Meanwhile, Austin, TX-based Pristine has developed an app that lets Glass-wearing physicians transmit HIPAA-compliant video and audio of patients to authorized computers. The idea is to enable real-time consults with specialists located remotely from the patient. (See related OrthoBuzz item from Jan. 30, 2014.)