Support high-tech care delivery
Value-based care also will make telemedicine and remote patient monitoring more common, Waldren says. EHRs need to get better at enabling such high-tech care and integrating patient data that result from those interactions.
Make EHRs smarter
Consumer devices and software systems in other industries use data to predict what users want or should do and then offer easy ways to take those steps. “But the current health IT just doesn’t do that,” Waldren says. A typical EHR, for example, might alert a physician to a recommended test but won’t let the physician order it with a single click.
It should, Waldren says.
Become a virtual assistant
Waldren says he envisions EHRs doing more to support physicians as they practice. They could use voice and visual recognition via computer recording capabilities to automatically take notes and follow commands. Projection technologies could open and display information on a wall so the patient and physician could view it together. As futuristic as it might seem, it’s not far-fetched.