Integrating health IT with effective and efficient patient care delivery has not been an easy process. As a recent Harvard Business Review blog points out it, "[T]he [electronic health record], which was in part meant to liberate physicians from the drudgery of paperwork, instead became their chief oppressor."  With no option to return to a paper-based system, the industry’s focus is shifting towards improving physician workflows.
Data Drives Adoption
Doctors are data-driven, which is why supporting research and data on the use of new technology is so critical to its adoption. Research is particularly fundamental to using new technologies for patient care. Even when a technology’s benefits make intuitive sense, such as mobile devices’ ability to speed access to care, doctors won’t make a change in their practice without data, says Steven Levine, MD, Professor of Neurology and Emergency Medicine at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine.