Today I recalled one of the most interesting talks at ACE a few years ago from Kathy Dempsey. She likened us to lizards that frequently must shed their skin in order to live. If the lizard does not shed its skin, it dies… So how capable are we in shedding the old in order to make room for the new? 75% of all change efforts fail. Those are some scary statistics. Those goals to lose weight and exercise come to mind; however, it applies to all aspects of our personal and business life. Kinda scary when you think about all the wasted opportunities.
The analogy is true, especially in this industry. Healthcare documentation is changing at warp speed. We went from computers to speech recognition to natural language processing and here comes this EHR “thing” that is being defined as it is being implemented. Some are panicking but many are seeing this as an opportunity to define a new future for this industry.
In this industry, we are often very complacent when it comes to new technology and change in general. It is amazing to me how often I see people regurgitating information from other sources without understanding it and/or without questioning the information's validity, where it came from, and what the motives might have been. We have to shed this superficial learning and instead embrace an in-depth learning experience.
We as healthcare documentation experts or in training to be experts must keep our minds open to the new changes. Change will happen with or without us. Change does not care if we use it or it leaves us behind. For those Med-Line students who are reading this, you are definitely fortunate to be with a school that is keeping current with technology and health information management. You will learn the tools necessary to succeed. Those who stay abreast of technology and learn to use it as a resource to position themselves in this new and exciting era are going to see some pretty cool and exciting things happen in this industry and in a relatively short amount of time.
So how good are you at shedding the old and embracing the new?