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

Specialty Specific: IMS Pediatrics®

Too often, we come across physicians who are using an EMR that is generalized, without modules to suit the needs of their specialty. Practices are forced to keep part of their workflow on paper, because there simply is no way to make it all fit.
For this reason, IMS has always been configured per specialty. Over the years, IMS has evolved to include specialty-specific functionality like no other system. We have created this series to give providers some tips on what to look for when choosing an EMR for their specialty.

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