Gamification and the diagnosis of Learning Disabilities

Last week during one of our favorite tweetchats (#HITSM -- Fridays at 12noon Eastern) the topic of gamification in Healthcare came up.

Gamification has been a fairly hot topic for a few years now, and many industries are scrambling to understand it, and to find ways that they can use gamification to improve client engagement in their product(s)

Wikipedia defines Gamification as

Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users in solving problems and increase users' self contributions.

Please don’t air our dirty laundry!

Before running the summative usability evaluation for §170.314(g)(3) Safety-enhanced design we recommend that EHR vendors begin working with a usability expert to identify possible usability issues before they are exposed as “dirty laundry” in a formal report.

Age-related Human Factors of Mobile Websites

Mobile Device Users Age Faster Than General Population

-Levy Eymard - VP User Research

The mobile device user has, on average, gotten older at a faster rate than the general population. How can that happen? What does that mean for my website?

Doctors Using EHRs Spend More Time on Administrative Tasks

Physicians who use electronic health record systems experience more administrative burdens than their peers who use paper records, according to a study published in the International Journal of Health Services, FierceEMR reports (Durben Hirsch, FierceEMR, 10/28).

Study Details

For the study, researchers from the City University of New York analyzed data from the 2008 Health Tracking Physician Survey -- the most recent available -- to gauge how much time physicians spend on administrative tasks. The data included a nationally representative sample of 4,720 physicians who practiced 20 or more hours per weeks (Physicians for a National Health Program release, 10/23).

Study Findings

The study found that physicians who used EHRs reported spending about 17% of their working hours on administrative tasks, compared with 15.5% of those who used paper records.

Doctors using both EHR and paper records faced the greatest administrative burden of all groups, spending about 18% of their workweek on administrative tasks, according to the study.

Overall, the study showed the average physician spent 16.6% of the workweek, or 8.7 hours, on administrative tasks.

In addition, the study found that more time spent on administrative tasks contributed to lower morale. For example, physicians who said they were "very satisfied" spent an average of 16.1% of their time doing administrative tasks, while doctors who reported being "very dissatisfied" spent 20.6% doing such work (Physicians for a National Health Program release, 10/23).

The researchers attributed the increased administrative burden among EHR users to:

  • EHR documentation being more time-consuming than paper documentation; and
  • Providers considering some EHR data entry that relates to patient care, such as billing, administrative (FierceEMR, 10/28).
Source: iHealthBeat, Thursday, October 30, 2014