I beg to differ about the proven technology of these being readily available and proving that patient safety is increased. Data are just becoming available for this, as these have not been common practice for 40 years. I've researched the topic for the past five years, and while some small studies suggest this is so, and I truly believe it is, I don't see hard evidence of this. I've actually read articles when implementation of these technologies has caused death because of the lack of project management. Why should doctors be sold on something that hasn't been proven in mass studies? It is a huge expense, a huge change in practice, and I can understand why it is not readily accepted by everyone.
There are certain things that happen in our industry that I'm less than proud of; however, having physicians be unsure about implementing a practice because of the lack of data available is not one of them. As more hospitals and standards are set—heck the government can't even define meaningful use—I believe more physicians will buy into it. Being pushed into anything is never a good way to get buy-in and that is what is occurring. I know numerous physicians who are champing at the bit to implement these technologies, and those who aren't have reasons for their hesitancy.
Instead of spending time becoming frustrated about who isn't willing to accept it yet, and being ashamed of those in our industry who aren't, we should be spending our time proactively explaining and discussing the reasons it should be implemented while actively doing studies of those who do implement it.
Patricia D. Starling
Physician orders programWakeMedRaleigh, N.C.
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