Whether it is widely known or not, the healthcare industry is playing a game of technological catch up. And, with large populations at both ends of the age spectrum that require more care than those in the healthy middle, the necessity to effectively and efficiently use time, money and resources is in high demand. To help facilitate progression towards a more value-centered healthcare system, regulations have been established to collect, store and analyze data in a way that produces meaningful illustration of what is going on.
Converting Data to an EHR
Meaningful data or patterns aren’t always apparent in life or in medicine. We think that we see the big picture or that experiences that we are a part of are the exception to the rule. However, numbers don’t lie. So, in order to uncover the numbers and patterns, without biases, data needs to be collected and stored in a digital fashion.
Collection has gone from simply filing all medical information in paper form at each separate office with minimal communication happening between healthcare professionals, to now having the medical records loaded onto a computer, stored in digital form, and communication open to more quickly and securely transfer documents. This computerized medical record is known as electronic health record or EHR.
With a standardized use of EHR, policies could be set forth to boost the quality of care and shrink the cost of services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for eligible professionals (EP) and eligible hospitals (EH) to implement and attached incentive payments to those that followed these new concepts. These goals were broken down into the following five categories:
- improvement to quality, safety, efficiency with reductions to health disparities
- engagement with patients and their families as to their health
- improvement to coordination in medical care
- improvement to public and population overall health
- ensuring adequate privacy and security with all personal health information
Prioritizing IT Needs
As most of us know, it is one thing to set and establish goals, it is another thing entirely to put them into practice and make progress on them. The deep understanding of expectations and a clear path of execution in reaching these along with other defined milestones must be priorities. Because there are a number of different requirements in order to receive certification and reimbursement for adoption into the program, visit the government website that provides specific insights into the EHRtechnology and progression along the path to full realization.
With the necessity to merge advancements in technological communications in the healthcare industry and meet the progressing standards required by the government to insure better clinical outcomes, hospitals and health professionals are working hard to effectively collect, store and extract the medical data so as to find meaningful information and patterns.
It is not that those working within the healthcare system aren’t willing of finding hidden relationships and configurations for their patients, but the breadth and depth of medical paradigms is beyond the capability of the human mind. However, by adhering to these higher standards will provide a more beneficial environment for all involved.