Can Electronic Health Records Help Migraine Patients?

July 24, 2016

Electronic Health Records

A recent study published in Neurology Clinical Practice, a publication of the American Academy of Neurology, indicates that electronic health records (EHRs) might help with the treatment of several neurological disorders, including migraine.

According to the study, many neurologists don’t use EHRs, despite being mandated in sby the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 in certain instances. This may be due to the way the software is commonly weighed in clinical trials.

The study’s authors – physicians from NorthShore University HealthSystem in Illinois – responded by stating trials often fail to reflect the sort of real-world demands is placed on systems. Rather than focusing on a good way to track patients for long periods of time, trials tend to concentrate on short-term use. Since migraine patients often see several doctors in search of relief, the testing period doesn’t necessarily reflect how the software will actually be used in practice.

Objections have been raised to the use of EHRs. Privacy and security advocates are concerned that digital data could be a target for hackers, and some practice management professionals are worried the cost in both time and money to purchase and learn to use the software is prohibitive.

Until there is widespread adoption of EHRs, migraine patients will have to continue being their own advocates. There are checklists migraineurs can use to help communicate with physicians, but the best approach is to meet with a doctor who understands and believes your pain is real.

If you suffer from migraines and are ready to find a drug-free solution, call us today at 855-300-6822 or fill out the form to speak with one of our knowledgeable patient coordinators about the minimally invasive Omega™ Procedure.

References

  1. Maraganore, Demetrius M, Roberta Frigerio, Nazia Kazmi, Steven L Meyers, Meredith Sefa, Shaun A Walters, and Jonathan C Silverstein. ‘Quality Improvement and Practice-Based Research in Neurology Using the Electronic Medical Record’. Neurology: Clinical Practice September 24, 2015,: 10–176. Accessed July 24, 2016. doi:10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000176. http://cp.neurology.org/content/early/2015/09/24/CPJ.0000000000000176.
  2. Menachemi, Nir and Taleah H Collum. ‘Benefits and Drawbacks of Electronic Health Record Systems’. Risk Management Healthcare Policy 4 (May 11, 2011): 47–55. Accessed July 24, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3270933/.
  3. ‘Migraine Headache Diary’. July 27, 2014. Accessed July 24, 2016. http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/guide/headache-diary.

 

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