Welcome back and thank you for joining us for part III of our series discussing the importance of embracing technology to achieve effective care. If you’re just catching up, we’ve discussed the importance of going digital and making the right connections for effective care collaboration. Today, let’s explore how to best utilize data as well as how to leverage all of the benefits of your electronic health record (EHR) solution to provide the best care possible.
Now you’ve got your EHR system in place and you’ve worked out effective clinical workflows for your staff and you’re able to share information with your partner care providers in your network. Now what? What do you do with all of that vital information that you’re entering and accessing each day? How do you determine the success of all of the effort you’ve invested both in your EHR and your staff?
Just a little thing called data mining. Leveraging the data and analytics produced by your EHR is essential for care providers to be successful in a value-based care environment. When reimbursement is determined by the success of your patients, it’s important to produce the right analytics that report outcomes on specific goals set by regulations.
But you’re probably thinking, “Woah, I’m not a numbers kind of person,” or “I don’t have time to sit down and crunch the numbers, I’m a clinician, not a mathematician.” When considering the right EHR for your organization, you’ll want to make sure that the data you need to report on is presented in a user-friendly format. Dashboards are usually where it’s at for this kind of reporting. A one-stop shop for all of the vital information in an easy-to-understand view.
As part of having a robust and efficient data platform integrated into your EHR, you’ll want to be able to report on individual data as well as population data for the care community you serve so you can see things from gaps in care to ongoing trends. Ensuring that the reporting is cloud-based also provides opportunities for you to utilize data from your partner providers. You can use the data for regulatory reporting or to gain insight into ways to improve the operations and functions by facility, wing, or your staff.
When you find the right data reporting features for you, you’ll be glad you have them for the long haul. As long as the data is entered into your EHR, gathering the reports and pulling them into an interactive and actionable format could be as easy as a simple mouse click. No math degree required.
Once you’ve got your EHR solution in place and you’re feeling comfortable with reporting the data you’re collecting, you’ll quickly find that your job isn’t done there. As our healthcare system continues to morph and evolve, there will be opportunities to tweak and fine-tune your practices and workflows. This requires continuous optimization in these areas so your organization can maximize the benefits that the adoption of the latest technology can provide.
The good news is, you don’t have to do it on your own. When looking for an EHR partner, look for one that provides that support for you. Beyond having solid solutions with effective record-keeping and robust reporting, a good technology partner should be well-versed in the needs of organizations on an operational and industry level. They should also be willing to listen to user feedback and be willing to adapt solution features to the ever-changing care landscape. You’ll also want to look for a partner who provides on-going training opportunities as they work with you to continue to optimize your EHR system for success.
If one link is weak, the risk of a seamless, effective care chain risks being broken. Don’t let your organization be that weak link.
Make sure to join us next time as we fit all the pieces together in our final installment in this series on embracing technology to create effective care strategies.