Study summary of An Automated System for Physician Trainee Procedure Logging via Electronic Health Records by Brian Kwan, MD,MS; Jeffery Engel, BA; Brian Steele, MCM; et. al, published by Jama Network Open, January 24, 2024
In the realm of medical education, the seamless exchange of information between systems is not just convenient—it’s transformative. A recent study conducted at the University of California, San Diego Health and published in JAMA Network Open exemplifies the profound impact of interoperability on the training of physician residents. As a vital bridge facilitating communication between MedHub’s residency management software and the electronic health records (EHR), MedHub’s API played a crucial role in reducing duplicative administrative burden among residents when logging procedures.
The study’s findings are compelling: by connecting the EHR with MedHub’s residency management software, the automated logging system resulted in a 78% increase in procedures (from 4291 to 7617) over one year, with a remarkable 99.5% accuracy. This leap in efficiency and accuracy underscores the value of systems that can ‘talk’ to each other effectively.
The data speaks volumes about the benefits of system integration. The automated system consistently captured a mean of 149 procedures per week, a significant improvement over the 84 procedures per week logged manually. This consistency and reliability in data capture are crucial for maintaining the integrity of medical training, ensuring compliance with accreditation requirements, and can even enable healthcare professionals to see more patients.
Moreover, the study revealed that the automated system provided a more accurate and objective reflection of clinical activity across all levels of residency. This is particularly noteworthy for senior residents, where manual logging often declines due to perceived completion of procedural requirements. The automated system, connected through MedHub’s API, mitigated this issue by reducing the risk of human error inherent to duplicative manual processes, and instead providing a continuous and accurate record of clinical experiences.
The success of this study is a testament to the importance of interoperability in healthcare technology. While the real stars of this show are the study authors, Brian Kwan, MD, MS; Jeffery Engel, BA; and Brian Steele, MCM; et al, the MedHub API’s role in enabling the integration of these systems is a clear demonstration of how even the simplest tools, when used to connect the right technologies, can drive significant improvements in medical education.
Read the full study: An Automated System for Physician Trainee Procedure Logging via Electronic Health Records | Medical Education | JAMA Network Open | JAMA Network
As MedHub continues to support the medical education community, we are reminded that our true value lies in our ability to facilitate connections—between people, between systems, and between meaningful datapoints. We invite you to explore the possibilities that arise from system integration and to learn more about how MedHub’s API can serve as a conduit for your educational technology needs.
Learn more about MedHub residency management software for further insights into how interoperability is shaping the future of healthcare education and how MedHub is contributing to this evolving landscape.