It’s easy for us humans to blame the cold, unfeeling machine whenever we struggle to get over the learning curve that comes with mastering new technology. But when researchers from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas studied barriers to implementing computerized decision support systems in clinical practice, they discovered that many of the biggest obstacles had more to do with the people behind the machines than with the machines themselves. These included the need for adequate IT support, buy-in and support from administration, and impact on patient attitudes and therapist work-flow.
In spite of these challenges, however, the 2009 study ultimately confirmed the overall clinical benefits of computerized, information-based systems based on valid science and algorithms. It recommended “accelerating the development and adoption of a computerized decision support system for evidence-based medicine, with the advantage of potentially providing a strategy for guideline implementation that will be more sustainable for clinical practice.”
MyOutcomes has long understood the positive impact of proven information technology applications on client outcomes. We also understand the challenges that come with implementation. That's why MyOutcomes offers not only a user-friendly product but also an in-depth training system and multi-faceted support structure <http://www.myoutcomes.com/Resources_Training.aspx> to help address commonly cited barriers to implementation. Tools and resources include:
- Written, recorded and live systems training.
- Online user guide.
- Easy-to-understand manuals.
- Implementation workshops.
- Phone support.
- On-site workshops and consultations.
- Continuing education units.
If something doesn’t compute, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your questions, or requests. Remember that they’re always real people here at MyOutcomes to help you with this amazing technology so that you can help your clients through the even more amazing power of therapy.