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.
Realizing the enormous scope of the challenge he was facing, police chief Martin Brody laments in Jaws, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” CIOs are looking at the present state of Healthcare IT with a similar sense of dread. Three things are causing these feelings: the regulatory environment, the “EHR continuum” (an ongoing commitment to the EHR investment), and today’s expectations of the CIO.
A diverse range of breakthrough technologies are doing more than streamlining healthcare; these emerging technologies have the potential to fundamentally change the way medicine is practiced. Rather than simply inventing new technology to address healthcare pain points, these technologies will enhance existing healthcare procedures by applying established technology to the healthcare sphere.
As Luna Health Sciences Solutions (LHSS) works to match the needs of the health sciences with smart and usable IT, integrating emerging technology with the necessities of healthcare is of paramount issue. Of great interest lately is the performance (or challenges) of electronic health record (EHR) technology. The challenges with EHRs are tremendous, but with the help of the best and brightest from both the Healthcare and IT industries, those challenges are surmountable.