There are many benefits that can be gained by leveraging the Electronic Health Record (EHR) as a building block for key health care initiatives. This includes the ability to transform data into analyzable and accessible information, the creation of an effective data collection system, and the abandonment of billing and administrative functions. In addition, there are interventions that can be employed to minimize burnout associated with the EHR.
Data collection system
The data collection system as a building block for key health care initiatives can provide a number of benefits to both patients and health care providers. It has become increasingly important to harness the power of Big Data, IoT devices, and other modern technologies in order to deliver better and more effective care.
An electronic health record (EHR) is a central repository for patient data. These records help healthcare organizations facilitate communication between different physicians, patients, and other stakeholders. They also play a key role in facilitating reporting of key health care quality indicators.
A well designed EHR will also improve public health surveillance. It can aid in preventing and controlling medical errors by providing a comprehensive, centralized record of patient information. Another important benefit of EHRs is their ability to help control costs through increased efficiency in billing and claims management.
One of the biggest challenges when trying to use big data in a meaningful manner is storing and analyzing a large volume of data. A cloud based storage solution can be the ideal choice. This is because it allows an organization to easily expand and scale without a significant up front investment.
Abandoning billing and administrative functions
A growing number of administrative tasks are taking up physicians’ time and adding unnecessary costs to the health care system. Thankfully, there is a plethora of tools available to help improve this, from telehealth programs to a properly designed EHR Software. Using the right one for your practice can save you money, reduce coverage denials and increase patient engagement.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently published a white paper that offers a number of well-designed solutions. Its Medical Practice and Quality Committee developed the paper in response to the growing number of health care administration initiatives, which include the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare Access and CHIP (Child’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act of 2015 and the Stark Law.
The ACP Medical Practice and Quality Committee examined the literature to find the most effective solutions to these and other key issues. They came up with a short list of ten key recommendations. Among them were a streamlined electronic health record (EHR), improved medical coding and documentation, and a better patient portal.
Transforming EHR data into digital, analyzable data
EHRs or electronic health records are a digital record of a patient’s condition. They contain information about the patient’s past, present, and future health. An EHR can help physicians assess the quality of care that a patient receives and facilitate clinical decision making.
The health care sector has seen a rapid evolution in the use of EHRs. This is largely due to the development of Internet-based platforms that facilitate better data collection and care coordination. Healthcare providers and system associates are striving to improve the quality of care while trimming costs.
Despite the many benefits of EHRs, there are still some challenges involved.
Specifically, there are several factors that can lead to inaccurate patient data.
One of the biggest challenges is the lack of standardization in the way EHR systems are designed. This can cause technical and organizational barriers. However, a solution can be found. For example, an organization called CommonWell has developed a consensus-built common interoperability framework that can help healthcare organizations and institutions share data.
Interventions to address burnout associated with EHR use
The use of electronic health records (EHRs) in health care has been linked to burnout, stress, and increased medical errors. This has been a major concern among health care professionals. In response, the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology published a strategy to reduce EHR-related burden.
For instance, the Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center developed an initiative called Clickbusters to reduce EHR burnout. Other interventions include implementing workflow changes, increasing professional support opportunities, and providing leadership-driven opportunities to improve burnout.
Several studies have shown that using EHRs causes significant cognitive load. Additionally, the amount of time that it takes to use EHRs is associated with clinician burnout. Consequently, optimizing EHRs can potentially change the pendulum from clinician burnout to well-being.
Burnout is a serious problem in the U.S. Among physicians, it has been identified as a “crisis,” and is reaching epidemic proportions. It is estimated that up to half of physicians in some disciplines are burned out.