The next phase of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) continuum is Care Management. How does an organization address helping the patient choose care options based on quality and cost? How can transitions (handoffs like from hospital discharge to primary care) be improved? What can at-home health monitoring devices offer?
The next phase of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) continuum is data sharing between healthcare entities. Once EHR data is digitized and used within a healthcare organization for improving patient care, optimizing workflows, enabling patient access to the information, and analyzing the data for improving healthcare quality and costs, how can this data be shared between organizations, e.g., between primary care and a hospital?
The next phase of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) continuum is patient access, enabling patients to interact with the capability and data the EHR brings. First let us look at ideas for the capability to provide. Then, once the capability and data is provided, let’s examine ways to encourage and motivate patients to actually use it.
If you build it, will they come?
With the focus on the implementation of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, organizations may not be thinking ahead to the enormous promise that digitized healthcare data presents. Now this data can be searched in seconds to find all diabetic patients, for example, rather than spending hours and days searching through paper files. Data analytics in healthcare holds great promise for improving healthcare quality, improving processes, and reducing costs. In a panel discussion back in 2011, I saw the early signs of a tidal wave of data analytics in healthcare and stated, “I’m ready to declare the era of business intelligence.”
An EHR is often installed quickly, to earn incentive payments or to save on implementation costs. But by doing so, the associated workflow processes may not be optimized for your organization. For example, the system may enable patients to email their physician, but this may result in a flood of such emails. An optimization effort may introduce a triage step where nursing staff or a care team help categorize the email. Which email must the physician address immediately? Which can wait, or be handled by others?
The first step in the EHR Continuum is the implementation of the Electronic Health Record system. The second, the focus of this article, is another challenge – selecting and implementing ancillary systems like Radiology or Lab. Here are some tips and insights on making this second step successful.
The first step in the EHR Continuum is the implementation of the Electronic Health Record system. This is a daunting, large-scale effort for healthcare IT and the entire organization. Here are some tips and insights on making this first step a success.
Given the overwhelming workload from the healthcare regulatory environment, the Electronic Health Record (EHR) continuum, and the expectations of today’s “Holistic CIO,” what steps can a healthcare CIO (or CMO, or CDO) take to survive? Here are general strategies to help navigate this maze.