As we explore the benefits of next generation automation solutions in unconventional settings, the word manual is quickly rendered obsolete. Healthcare is no stranger to digitization, continually adopting technologies to improve patient outcomes. However, even in lieu of the EHR movement, the healthcare industry has continued to subject itself to manual billing and coding software systems debilitated by miscalculations and faulty error checking processes.
Over half of medical bills are mishandled, skewing costs in both directions and resulting in billions of dollars in improper payments. For a long time there was no way to circumvent the billing and coding infrastructure, and where there are manual processes, there are inevitable errors. With a growing number of patients being treated, the number of billing errors increases exponentially. Handling this influx of data requires a sorting and organizational intelligence with processing power that far surpasses that of human resources.
Every day, the care continuum becomes more complex. As a growing number of patients enter the care system, we uncover a wider variety of technological solutions to outfit the evolving data stream. Inevitably, regulations increase in parallel, along with expectations. These expectations have collectively established a new genre of healthcare and medicine: personalized medicine. Distributing care system data in a productive way requires interconnectivity, a state of unification legacy workflows simply cannot accommodate. We need to nurture connections between disparate systems.
Most industries are indebted to a dynamic consumer following, forced to pivot when the market ebbs and flows. There is very little control over when, how, and which direction the trends will sway, and for this reason, they are continually trying catch up with the adoption wave, exhausting resource pools and depleting bandwidth. Healthcare is not subjected to the same unpredictability considering the scale on which the system operates and the ubiquity of its offerings. The early 2000's ushered in an era of digitalism for the healthcare industry, rendering most preexisting practices obsolete. As EHRs and EMRs set the legacy system ablaze, software platform providers scrambled to establish themselves within the new climate.
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 EHR software was tolerated. Still, years later, a fragmented EHR technology 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.
Labor cost amounts to 50 -60 percent of hospitals yearly operational budget. To decrease expenses without affecting the quality of patient care, hospitals must have an organized, aggregated, and user-friendly scheduling software dashboard for labor monitoring. Choosing the right software to seamlessly integrate real-time data, boosting productivity can be daunting. To help hospitals overcome this business challenge Chetu healthcare developers can build customized dashboards using SAP Business Objects that will identify leakage by compiling, analyzing and discovering data that hospitals need to address in order to increase revenue and decrease loss.
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.
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).
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.
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.