Improved Patient Care with Effective EHR Integration

Improved Patient Care with Effective EHR Integration

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, November 30, 2018

Electronic Health Records (EHR) integration tools including patient intake management solutions that eliminate redundant processes along with raising the patient satisfaction levels can be of great benefit to healthcare organizations. According to the Patient Intake Management 2018 report, an increased efficiency and improved data capturing ability can significantly impact an organization’s finances. As many as 60 percent of the respondents to the survey claimed that patients intake management solutions have helped them increase the efficiency of their practices and enhance the patient experience. These solutions can also assist organizations to reduce the expenses associated with patient check-in and processing of patient questionnaires.

With patient intake management solutions, the healthcare industry is on track to becoming digitalized to a large extent. However, complete eradication of paperwork isn’t the ultimate goal as organizations are equally emphasizing EHR integration and the ease of customization. The integration between patient intake management solution and core ambulatory systems has become a high priority for a majority of healthcare organizations. Practices that involve integrations between various systems can boost the efficiency significantly. For example, such integrations can save nurses’ time spent entering and reviewing patient data and instead allow them to focus more on interacting with patients.

An effective EHR integration process can also result in more precise data collection and analytics capabilities, which in turn, help healthcare organizations with regard to various aspects of patient care. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has sent its recommendations to lawmakers on how enhanced EHR integration and interoperability could assist in controlling opioid crisis by aiding prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs). Since the information provided to a clinician in a PDMP is often fragmentary, the prescriber is required to take extra steps to review previous scripts from other healthcare providers, leading to data that cannot be easily integrated with an EHR. As a result, data collection efforts need to be promulgated across all healthcare providers to identify the highest prescribers along with deducing patterns and drug abuse concerns. CHIME suggests that EHR technology must also make improvements to support opioid and substance abuse treatment by eliminating the local-level barriers associated with patient safety and treatment.

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