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One Way for #Pharma to to Use EHR Data. Will It Work?

One Way for #Pharma to to Use EHR Data. Will It Work? | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

Providers have sunk millions into their EHRs, and the imperative to make good on the investment has never been stronger. As the EHR continues to evolve and change the way care is delivered to patient populations, provider organizations and pharmaceutical companies alike need to increase collaboration efforts in targeted ways to see the most benefit.

 

A partnership between the two to optimize their EHRs is a proactive and practical way to achieve shared goals—providing the best possible care to patients and engaging clinicians in that work.

 

One way is for provider-pharma partners to use EHR data to quickly identify and recruit eligible patients for clinical research trials, which would enable providers to have a more direct impact on drug development and innovation. Additionally, real-time data can generate a larger pool of eligible populations more quickly, helping to fast track a new therapy through the clinical testing stage, saving time, money, and effort for both providers and pharma companies.

Pharma Guy's insight:

This is a good idea provided that patients opt-in for this. This was not mentioned in the article. Also read “EHRs Are #Pharma's Digital Marketing Tools, Say Authors of a NEJM Article”; http://sco.lt/6ebfu5

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Technology Is Interfering With Your Doctor's Visit - And It's Driving Physicians Crazy

Technology Is Interfering With Your Doctor's Visit - And It's Driving Physicians Crazy | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it
In a recent Rand study commissioned by the American Medical Association, doctors said being able to provide high quality healthcare is the primary driver of their satisfaction. However, the study also found the number of factors contributing to dissatisfaction is becoming almost insurmountable.


A study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine found that emergency physicians spent 43 percent of their time entering data into a computer, compared to only 28 percent of their time spent talking to patients.  It went on to say that “during a typical 10-hour shift, a doctor would click a mouse almost 4000 times.”

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Perhaps related to this, read: Understanding What Physicians and Patients Desire from mHealth Applications

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ObamaCare Brought EHRs to Physicians, But the Technology is Not Ready to Combat Ebola!

ObamaCare Brought EHRs to Physicians, But the Technology is Not Ready to Combat Ebola! | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

United States citizens have followed the Ebola outbreak in West Africa for nearly 6 months, with concern mounting about the disease arriving on US shores, apparently for good reason. The readiness of the health care system for Ebola was challenged by the very first case. The press in part focused on whether the electronic health record (EHR) contributed to the missed diagnosis, but the right question to be asking is how a modern computer system should perform in this circumstance.


What should the public expect from the $48 billion appropriation to promote health information technology (IT) adoption made under the HITECH provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act? One goal is greater adoption of EHRs. That is happening. The expenditure, multiplied many-fold by investment of dollars and time across health care, has prompted more than half of physicians to use EHRs—up from 5% in 2008. However, EHRs purchased under the meaningful use program are not yet nimble enough to rearrange the display of health information based on either patient or public health context and they do not communicate with public health. Five years after the enactment of meaningful use, public health officials still reach clinicians and hospitals through traditional dispatches and media alerts. Not emphasizing the most salient data under an extenuating circumstance may ironically distract a busy clinician from an urgent task at hand.


Compounding the problem is that public health, largely absent from the table in defining requirements, remains mostly locked out of the point of care, barely able to exploit the newly deployed health information technology (HIT) infrastructure.

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Using electronic health records to help advance drug development and safety monitoring

Using electronic health records to help advance drug development and safety monitoring | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

Not long ago, electronic health records (EHRs) were an idea solely for the future. Today, they’re a reality. Paper records are becoming part of the past. These days, when patients go to their physician’s offices, they are much more likely to have their care documented electronically. EHRs give health care professionals more data to provide patients higher levels of quality care and safety.


Now that EHRs are more widely used, they collectively represent huge amounts of important data about the medical products and prescription drugs patients are using. Significant amounts of information in patient EHRs may be used in clinical research, with appropriate protection of patient privacy, to aid the development of new and more effective medical therapies or to provide information on using existing treatments more effectively and safely. These data, combined with other sources of electronic healthcare data such as information from healthcare claims, are being used to better understand the performance of medical products.


A key challenge for the research community is to effectively harness the data contained in EHRs.

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It seems to me that the FDA can reverse the dramatic rise in adverse event reports it receives by approving fewer new drugs with serious side effects. Case in point: The approval of Endo Pharmaceuticals' testosterone replacement therapy drug Aveed (read more here).

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