ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
The author, an admitted EHR enthusiast, describes the successful implementation of an EHR system and the capabilities the practice has gained from the system.
The article discusses Toyota's four rules for effective work design and explains how physicians can apply these rules in their practices to solve problems and improve workflow.
The author shares principles that she learned as a medical student and resident in the military health system -- principles that have contributed to the success of her civilian practice.
Reports on the results of the FPM survey of EHR users that was distributed in the April 2007 issue of the journal.
The author answers physicians' questions related to determining the appropriate patient panel size, managing workload and transitioning to the ideal panel size.
The article will introduce a series on "ideal micro practices" and will describe the Ideal Micro Practices demonstration project and the essential components of these types of practices.
The article will describe how "ideal micro practices" achieve low overhead; how they manage phone calls, paper, email, etc. efficiently; and what electronic solutions are effective for small practices.
The author, a TransforMed facilitator, will share his strategy for optimizing communication among physicians and support staff by making sure the office layout encourages the right people to run into one another during the day.
The authors, who work for TransforMed, explain how implementing morning huddles helped improve office efficiency and improve staff attitudes at a practice, and how other family practices can try the same technique.
The author describes an efficient layout for exam rooms that takes into account ADA rules, wheelchair accessibility, computer placement for EHR use, etc.