Now that adoption of EHR in healthcare practice level is an accomplished thing, next level of enhancements will be the key to achieving higher value. Providers and hospitals have patient data available to them which is unexploited for the benefit of clinical care improvement. Rather than just being an alternative to a paper chart, EHR has immense potential to improve the quality of care, patient safety and have a positive impact on population health.
EHR functional improvements can bring success to physicians under value-based payment environments. From intelligent templates that analyze signs and symptoms to alerts related to patient and his conditions, accurate billing functions, specific decision support tools, and analytics will help the provider further to meet the value-based performance levels. A holistic view of practice management which includes clinical staff, workflows, and policies will be the critical successful factors to meet the gaps (gap analysis) in improvement goals.
One of the right approaches to connect with EHR users, healthcare leaders and organizations can help to pinpoint problem areas and find out potential improvements in EHR. Apart from adding technology lead features and functions, training and communicating with users to utilize these improvements would be more important as a user need to be guided thoroughly on these tools when they are implemented.
It is not an easy task for the user to get used to enhancements in EHR as almost all providers are busy throughout the day and hence a better way would be to improve workflows which will expedite the activities of a provider and their staff. Identifying the changes required in the system to improve the processes requires the involvement of provider, system analysts, and leaders who can brainstorm to solve existing problems.
Identifying problems and providing solutions by changing designs and communication systems would lead to a higher degree of optimization in EHR for its successful implementation along with continuous up-gradation and training. The requirement of quality patient data for enhancing patient care outcomes will come from developing features and functions which will be able to capture discrete and narrative information and use it smartly for clinical decision support.
Needless to mention, EHRs have significantly contributed in organizing clinical documentation, and now it can help further in improving workflows, communication, and this can happen by taking the EHR optimization to the next level.
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On – 26 Apr, 2017 By OmniMD