January 2008

Enhancing the Usability of EMR through Multimodal Interactions

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Significant changes in Information Technology (IT) have occurred over the past  two decades. This, with the availability of high performance hardware at lower costs, is having a profound impact on the ways we conduct our business and live our lives.

“Studies show that hospitals spend only 3 percent of their revenue on IT compared to other information intensive industries where IT spending is many times higher”

Businesses that could overcome the difficulties associated with technology adoption have seen improvements in profit, through productivity gains and lower cost of operations relative to their peers, and increased market share.

By some estimates, more than 75 percent of the world's population now lives within range of a mobile network. Technology advancements like these have created knowledge societies where knowledge forms a major component of any human activity. Social, cultural, economic and all other human activities become dependent on a large volume of knowledge and information. This also created a new class of workforce called Knowledge Workers.

Though healthcare quickly embraces new technology related to diagnosis and treatment, it has been very slow to adopt IT advancements in the care delivery process. In fact the Medical / Clinical Science involved in diagnostic devices and drug discovery have advanced more rapidly than the ability to deliver them effectively and efficiently. One of the key challenges, as always mentioned, is the ability of the care providers' acceptance and adoption. Care Providers, who are also part of the knowledge society, in turn cite difficulties in usability as the main concern; they feel it reduces their productivity.

Electronic Medical Record (EMR)

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