Addressing the Lack of Data with Pain Clinicians & EMR-software Solution Providers

On the last day of the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting, a move to further reduce the burden of pain in America will be made. Members of the National Pain Strategy (NPS) work groups will be joining the pain researchers and clinicians in the premier science event to provide an update on the progress of NPS.

This NPS presentation is expected to give pain professionals a more potent tool to reduce the prevalence of pain while effectively improving the treatment services provided to patients. To further support pain clinicians, the work groups also identified the key collaborators, one of which includes the software solution providers of electronic medical records.

Software solutions for capturing data

One of the identified problems in the current pain practice is the lack of accessible data, particularly, on the “prevalence, onset, course, impact, and outcomes of most common chronic pain conditions,” as cited in the National Pain Strategy.

This lack of relevant data presents a major setback for federal and state governments and health care organizations that focuses on the reduction of both health and economic burdens of chronic pain. Without sufficient data, they cannot fully push their efforts towards advancing pain care and extending access to specific or vulnerable populations. This problem also ripples in the areas of policy initiatives, public education, and treatment patterns.

The NPS work groups recognize electronic data as a good resource that could address the lack of pain data. Furthermore, the groups listed the software solution providers of electronic medical records (EMRs) as one of its collaborators. But as collaborators, what steps have solution providers taken? Are there existing features in the EMR that gives pain clinicians the tools to fully capture the relevant data from pain patients?

Meditab, a software solutions company that empowers pain clinicians with cutting-edge technology, provides the answers in the table below.

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These software solutions show, data-capturing features are readily available in EMR systems, like IMS. Pain-specific features (e.g., pain management templates) are also in place for pain professionals to use in their day-to-day operation.

In conclusion, the National Pain Strategy encompasses a broad scope as it is through this range that the workgroups and various stakeholders hope to effectively improve pain care in America. This scope also implies that pain professionals can and will get the support they need from the identified collaborators— and in the case of collecting and contributing valuable data, pain clinicians already have an ally in some software solution providers, such as Meditab.

Sources:

http://iprcc.nih.gov/National_Pain_Strategy/NPS_Main.htm

http://iprcc.nih.gov/docs/HHSNational_Pain_Strategy.pdf

Printing 3D Molds & Human Tissue from your EMR

3D printing and EMRs: Will they connect soon?

The day cosmetic surgeons can print molds directly from their EHR software may not be too far ahead of us. Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, has already launched a master’s program teaching the core principals of bioprinting; they’re focusing on using 3D printers to grow human tissue. In the same study, Healthcare IT News also mentions the increased savings resulting from the use of 3D printers in healthcare practices.

The ways 3D printers may offer medical advantages

3D Printing EMRThe increasing technological capabilities remind us that we are living in an era where the seemingly impossible becomes just the opposite in relatively short periods of time. As the use of 3D printing becomes more prevalent in common situations over the coming years, the uses for such technology will encompass more than we can imagine. Not only will we be able to grow human tissue from such devices, but we may be able to use 3D printing for the construction of molds, vaccines, and possibly even medications. While it may seem far fetched, cell phones were barely a reality in the late 1980s and now we often see people with more than one.

Other uses for this technology can be printing actual medical devices such as endoscopes, tubing, adhesives, and more. It’s quite possible that this technology will be used for printing creams, gels, and other healthcare related substances. The image above showing a human heart in the process of printing may not be too far off the grid either.

Printing from your EMR

Although it’s not quite there yet, let’s not rule out the option of printing directly from your EHR in the near future. With the click-of-a-button, everything mentioned in this article and more may eventually become a reality as the printing is done right in front of our eyes.