Stories from Texas Medicine, July 2013

A Painful Process - 04/19/2018

Selecting and implementing the right electronic health record (EHR) system due diligence by physicians, buy-in by all practitioners and staff, commitment to training, and willingness to start from scratch and learn a new way of documentation. The initial adoption of an EHR may have its challenges, but some groundwork at the start of the process helps ensure a successful transition.


Taking Control - 06/02/2016

The Texas Medical Association Council on Health Care Quality, with support from the Texas Medical Liability Trust, has developed the "Personal Emergency and Medication Record," a standardized, paper-based form a physician office can use to help patients track their medicines and record their primary care and emergency contacts in one place. Physicians can keep a record on file, patients can fold it up to fit in their wallet, and parents can give it to their children's schools.


The Night West Blew Up - 06/02/2016

The April 17 fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and injured more than 160 in the Central Texas town of West put the state's disaster response system to the test. Area health professionals and emergency responders mobilized quickly to care for the injured and prevent more deaths.


Your New Neighbor - 05/13/2016

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are popping up in Texas as physicians and hospitals join the latest effort to control costs and ensure quality health care. Health system reform's focus on accountable care, coupled with employers' and payers' desire for value-based care, could mean more ACOs are in store.