Providers can achieve practice improvement by examining the way EHRs are currently used, such as where there might be procedural or clinical gaps in capturing information, reviewing information, supporting decisions, or sharing information with family members, other health practitioners, or community organizations that interact with the children under the care of the provider. The 2015 Priority List will assist providers in identifying and addressing areas for improvement.
A provider or provider organization can examine existing processes in relation to their EHR use to identify inefficiencies or opportunities for improvements in data collection, workflow, and communication within and outside the practice, based on EHR capabilities identified on the list. Items on the list highlight the role of the EHR in the identification of children who are likely to benefit from care coordination such as children with special health care needs, children whose developmental or behavioral health screening identifies the need for specialty referrals, and those with exam findings outside of the normal ranges.
Even a clear statement of EHR requirements does not eliminate differences in perspective and approach among providers, software vendors, and others facing operational challenges. Even differences in the terminology used to in define or understand an issue can be confusing, and the task ownership for addressing a concern can also be unclear. While a written requirement may be helpful by itself, it’s important to engage in dialogue to get the most benefit from use of the 2015 Priority List.