You don’t hear folks talk a lot about population management when they are discussing EHRs. To me this is a key capability and should be central to the decision making process. Sure it great to have all of the clinical information at your physician’s fingertips during the exam room visit. But success in a pay-for-performance world (P4P) requires the care team to be more proactive.
A good EHR should have a worklisting system (or tools to create one) that allows schedulers to see which patients most need to get into the doctor’s office so they can call (or automatically email) them. Patients need to be hounded to get the care they need.
Mr Weider, it is time to get your prostate checked. It isn’t pleasant – but it is a lot better than late stage prostate cancer. This is the kind of care that procrastinators like me really need.