Might seem like an odd question but with today’s data intensive healthcare ecosystem, a “dumb” EHR will lead to increases in inefficiency and decreases in practice profitability.
Data is flowing into a medical practice from a variety sources including patient wearable. It is difficult to analyze large volume of data by a provider at any given point of time. Currently, providers rely on their clinical experience and professional advice to take decisions for their patients especially in complex clinical scenarios and co-morbid conditions.
Therefore, the limitations show up in terms of retaining or referencing large amount of data within a given time frame. Even if for most of the instances, the decisions are helpful for a patient; a few wrong decisions lead to decrease of credibility, poor care outcomes at clinic or provider level. If we put together increase in such outcomes and their impact at a national level, it is quite alarming.
With the availability of more and more data, having an EHR platform that can integrate complex analytics along with encounter discrete data and merge them back into the workflow, the impact would be significant. Having an EHR that captures and delivers your data in a structured format (discrete) vs a PDF a is a good start because with use of artificial intelligence, self-learning systems and natural language processing technologies, it will be a lot easier for providers and hospital systems to analyze their own data, study patterns, and take right decisions at the right time with high degree of speed.
In short, your EHR should go beyond being a “dumb” record keeper and become smart assistant and advisor assisting you in all aspects of patient care and in the management of your practice or clinic.
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