Doctors put a great deal of thought and effort into developing treatment plans for patients, but typically have no way of knowing—beyond results at follow-up appointments—whether the patient is actually following it. But advances in technology are giving physicians and their staff new tools for improving and tracking patient adherence.
Electronic health record pop-up notices, intended to help physicians by providing timely reminders and alerts, could end up actually compromising patient care. Customizing the system and integrating it into the practice workflow is one of the best strategies for appropriately and efficiently using alerts—and avoiding potential alert fatigue.
The use of telemedicine has grown dramatically in recent years. For patients, it may mean increasing convenience and access, but questions remain among providers as to how and when telemedicine should be used.