Digital Communication in Medical Practice
Digital Communication in Medical Practice with co-author, William F. Bria, MD, CMIO, Shriners Hospitals for Children, published by Springer Verlag in May 2009, is targeted to a practicing clinician. This book helps providers understand how digital technologies including the internet, email, smartphones and video can enable more efficient, better quality, continuous care for patients. It addresses the frustrating issue of how too little time, too many patients and information overload hampers a clinician’s ability to provide the best possible care for each patient.
Using case studies, statistics, facts and sound argument, this book makes a strong case for why clinicians and their patients will benefit by implementing digital health records and engaging with patients using email and patient portals. Finn also illustrates how telemedicine, ICPOE (Computer Physician Order Entry), e-prescribing and collaborative doctor/pharmacist teams will provide an answer to the alarming rate of medication errors. She also emphasizes the importance of evidence-based medicine and addresses legislative initiatives that protect doctors and patients from unauthorized access to medical records. The complex challenges of cost, quality, safety and access to healthcare are well analyzed in this insightful, practical timely book.
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