How to Address the Health IT Talent Drought
Sam J.W. Romeo, MD
Tower Health & Wellness Center
Sam J.W. Romeo
The evolution of healthcare technology is behind the curve. It will be self correcting for two reasons: There are an increasing number of physicians who are becoming technical themselves and there are technical people who are beginning to learn the physicians' language.
The biggest barrier is we have third-party and other people including Medicare that basically are saying these are the priorities and they distract us away from the patients and toward the payer mechanisms. That is important because if you don't get paid you can't take care of patients. But it seems like we are putting a whole bunch of balls in the air at the same time and we don't have enough technical people to be able to communicate across those bridges to be able to do it with any efficiency.
We are fixing it. I'm an old man. I am a family doctor for 50 years but I have six children, five of whom as physicians are working on this and who are electronically savvy and much of the culture is different. That is a big transformation. They are head over heels involved in creating software that will support documentation of what happens in the examining room so we will have a relational data base so we can do some things that are meaningful in terms of quality and not just meaningful in terms of payment.
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