Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are becoming widely popular as healthcare professionals realize the inherent benefits of storing patient data in an electronic format rather than on traditional paper charts. This digital transformation has greatly enhanced the accuracy of patient information and facilitated the exchange of patient data between all who are involved in the patient's care.
Despite the popular usage of electronic data interchange (EDI) to transfer information between computers using a standard format, patient health records continue to be paper-based. The most common methods used to exchange this information between healthcare providers is either by fax or by physically transporting the files via mail, if not done through the patients themselves. Using electronic health information exchange (HIE) greatly enhances the accuracy of a patient's health records, which in turn improves diagnosis and makes for more effective doctor visits.
What is HIE?
Electronic health information exchange (HIE) refers to the process of transferring clinical patient information between healthcare providers; thus, facilitating access to a patient's complete medical history. The use of HIE is also essential in order to meet meaningful use criteria for electronic health record (EHR) technology, which mandates EHR systems to have the ability to transfer health information electronically between several health organizations.
Healthcare providers are nowadays using electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (Health IT) to improve patient care in many ways. Those who have not yet taken the opportunity to integrate with Allscripts are missing out on having proper records coordination and connectivity, effective patient care engagement, as well as analytic and financial solutions.
Founded in 1986, now with over 180,000 users, Allscripts provides healthcare providers, hospitals and private clinics with practice management and EHR technology. The company also provides solutions for patient engagement and care coordination, as well as technology for data analytics and finance.
In today's on-demand world, consumers have the luxury of receiving information and services almost instantaneously. The rapid growth of telehealth in the healthcare industry supports the notion that consumers do in fact expect more convenience from their healthcare providers, and will contact physicians more often if a convenient method is provided to them.
What is telehealth? Telehealth, sometimes referred to as telemedicine, is a means of using telecommunication technologies for delivering and enhancing healthcare between patients and healthcare providers. This communication can happen in real-time or as a store-and-forward manner. In the real-time communication scenario, a patient and a healthcare practitioner may communicate through a live audio or video feed via phone, webcam, or some other technological means. In the store-and-forward example, a patient's digital images or exam results may be transmitted to a healthcare provider for a diagnosis. All telehealth systems require health information technology (health IT) such as the use of electronic health records (EHRs) or clinical decision support systems (CDSSs).
The value-based care initiative ushered a fundamental push for healthcare providers to satisfy requirements for meaningful use incentives and HIT vendors’ to offer software focused on the interoperability of health information. At that point in time, pitfalls around the actual usability of EHRs were tolerated. Still, years later, a fragmented EHR and HIT system has the majority focused on the exchange of information rather than data integrity at the source. This is a major cause for concern as the objective of delivering high quality care is seen as a secondary, if not tertiary, goal.
As electronic health record adoption rates increase, so have instances of medical malpractice relating to imperfections within EHR systems. This impedes the industry's primary goal of enhancing patient care and accelerating positive outcomes. Although we can all agree an electronic system is enriching the healthcare industry, it leaves healthcare providers exposed to a completely new set of complications.
Anyone who has visited a doctor's office or hospital is familiar with the sometimes extensive wait times between check-in and receiving care. Doctors' offices and hospitals run on tight schedules to maximize the number of patients seen each day to increase revenue. To alleviate hospital and office congestion, plus allow healthcare providers more time to ensure quality care is given, there has been a push for Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) programs. The essential goal is to move the "center of care" from the clinical setting to a more patient focused or home centered care.
Smartphones and tablets are a common accessory for nearly two billion people globally. These devices provide easy access to a plethora of applications and services that were traditionally reserved for face-to-face settings including shopping, education, banking, travel, and even healthcare services. It is no surprise that the healthcare industry has embraced the trend of providing easy access to healthcare services from mobile devices. The healthcare industry has often been highly enthusiastic about adopting new technologies that can help improve patient care. mHealth applications are increasingly popular with consumers, with some estimates predicting that the mHealth sub-industry will reach more than $26 billion in total revenue by 2017. However, this burgeoning market represents unique opportunities and challenges for software providers seeking to create applications for the healthcare industry.
The client is a leader in the Healthcare industry and their mission is to create a digital ecosystem by leveraging cutting-edge technology to connect a disjointed healthcare industry.
The client approached Chetu to develop a system in order to improve the processing of insurance claims for patients, providers and healthcare professionals.
Chetu had to make use of its healthcare industry expertise to provide a solution for the processing of Health Insurance Claims Transactions in EDI format and Lab Orders and Results in HL7 formats.
The client is looking to venture into the competitive market of EHR with a totally integrated Electronic Health Record, Practice Management and Patient Health Records System which could benefit both physicians and patients.
To develop a One Click Patient Care Management EHR operating platform that would provide a new level of intuitive and affordable clinical and administrative information systems that could integrate and streamline the operations of physician practices and ambulatory clinics from check-in to check-out.
EMR (Electronic Medical Records) and the software needed to manage and access them are direct replacements for that mess of post-its and manila folders your doctor touts as “patient data”. Slowly but surely, EMR (Electronic Medical Records) are streamlining operations across the entire healthcare industry.
However, today’s healthcare practitioners find themselves at odds trying to decide between different solutions. Solutions that can help save them time and money – without compromising EMR security are seemingly hard to come by.
What is Soarian® Clinical Workflow?
Every day, the care continuum becomes more complex. While more people are entering the care system, it is being delivered in a wider variety of settings.
There are more regulations and more advanced medical technology which is driving greater expectations for personalized medicine. Providers like you need a way to connect it all.
And that's what Soarian® does. It builds connections.