ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
The author urges physicians to become "defensive filers" by learning what information is worth saving in a paper or electronic file and what can be thrown away.
The author reflects on the causes of unnecessary and burdensome paperwork in doctors' lives.
The author explains the Universal Credentialing Data Source, a system developed by the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare to enable physicians to be credentialed or update their credentials by faxing or e-mailing their information to one place rather than having to send it to each insurance company they contract with.
This article describes how physicians can create an "electronic filing cabinet" that allows them to access select journal articles and other medical references easily, quickly and from any computer.
A time-management expert offers physicians tips for taking control of the growing volume of paperwork and reading materials that they must deal with so that it doesn't add stress to their busy lives.
The article explains how family physicans can easily create their own electronic archive of up-to-date references, forms and other documents important to the smooth running of their practice and can make the archive available over a local area network for all staff to access through Web browsers.
Argues that information management on larger and larger scales is crucial to family practice; introduces Bradd article on practice intranet and Endsley article on clinical instrument panel.
The article will explain how standardized admission orders can assist family physicians and will point readers to the updated versions of 38 orders previously published in FPM.
The author describes how he uses an inexpensive computer scanner in his office to help him complete forms legibly, cut down on errors and reduce duplication of effort when completing forms (e.g., workmens' compensation forms).
The author presents a tool used in his practice to improve the documentation of patients' prescriptions, which makes for a more complete and useful medical record.