Technology is good…it will be better. Emergency medical records are still early in development and have not improved efficiency. Actually, it has added time to the patient-doctor encounter.
EMRs evolved dramatically the past two years, but a significant amount of them are still isolated. Better communication between technology systems will streamline care and manage patient flow.
John D'Angelo, MD, is senior vice president and executive director of Northwell Health's Emergency Medicine Services and oversees all of the health system's emergency departments. An emergency medicine physician for 16 years, Dr. D'Angelo was instrumental in the health system's sepsis initiative and he served as clinical sponsor for the Allscripts Emergency Department Information Systems (EDIS) project.