Dr. Peter Bak, CIO at Humber River Hospital (HRH) in Toronto, was named 2016 Canadian CIO of the Year by the Information Technology Association of Canada. Under Dr. Bak’s leadership, HRH has deployed a staggering array of cutting-edge technologies, leading observers to declare it “North America’s first fully digital hospital.” In this blog post, Dr. Bak shares four characteristics of a fully digital hospital. As he is quick to point out, it means much more than going paperless!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans are likely to die each year from a drug overdose than from traffic accidents. And opioids account for more than three out of five overdose deaths. These scary statistics prompted me to initiate a discussion with MEDITECH’s Nurse Advisory Committee, comprised of 16 clinicians from different specialities throughout the US. From their collective experience, we came up with several ways that nurses and other providers can use their electronic health records to help patients manage pain, without falling into addictive drug use patterns. Here’s our top five: