Healthcare providers are grappling with the task of scaling digital care delivery operations for ambulatory patients in response to the cost dynamics of effectively treating large populations with limited resources, especially in a post-COVID-19 world. At the heart of this challenge is how to secure, aggregate, analyze and put all of the data necessary to make proactive decisions on patient care and diagnoses.
Healthcare is fragmented
Healthcare data comes in fundamentally three forms. HealthIT.gov offers descriptions of the types of data as:
“Electronic medical records (EMRs) are digital versions of the paper charts in clinician offices, clinics, and hospitals. EMRs contain notes and information collected by and for the clinicians in that office, clinic, or hospital and are mostly used by providers for diagnosis and treatment. EMRs are more valuable than paper records because they enable providers to track data over time, identify patients for preventive visits and screenings, monitor patients, and improve health care quality.
Electronic health records (EHRs) are built to go beyond standard clinical data collected in a provider’s office and are inclusive of a broader view of a patient’s care. EHRs contain information from all the clinicians involved in a patient’s care and all authorized clinicians involved in a patient’s care can access the information to provide care to that patient. EHRs also share information with other health care providers, such as laboratories and specialists. EHRs follow patients – to the specialist, the hospital, the nursing home, or even across the country.
Personal health records (PHRs) contain the same types of information as EHRs—diagnoses, medications, immunizations, family medical histories, and provider contact information—but are designed to be set up, accessed, and managed by patients. Patients can use PHRs to maintain and manage their health information in a private, secure, and confidential environment. PHRs can include information from a variety of sources including clinicians, home monitoring devices, and patients themselves.”
Literally billions of dollars have been spent on EMR and EHR due to HIPAA requirements, while PHRs are the patient interaction data that seems to be the huge challenge because point solutions capturing specific types of data across the various digital technology point solutions.
why bridge healthcare data silos now
The fundamental values of bridging the healthcare data silos and offering a truly functional digital healthcare solution include:
- Virtually expand access to care to a broader range of patients
- Obtain new reimbursement streams
- Impact quality of care and outcomes
- Increase patient engagement and loyalty
- Differentiate your brand from a crowded competitive field
Bottomline, the most significant value in bridging these healthcare data silos is to extend applicability across the entirety of the ambulatory health market and deliver enhanced patient care to patients that spend less than 1% of their time within their health system’s walls, but have to manage and live with their conditions 100% of their time. This mandates the need to empower healthcare providers to deploy customizable solutions directly into the care environment right into their patients’ hands to meet their needs throughout their care journey.
Healty digital healthcare data is attainable
Digital healthcare requires healthy data but, as discussed above, aggregating timely information across all current digital healthcare information silos is expensive and error prone, costing $billions, limiting outcomes and potentially affecting patient safety and privacy. The good news is that there are new solutions that solve this challenge and deliver on the promise of digital medicine.
Noteworth modernizes digital medicine delivery operations. Our innovative cloud-based, HIPAA compliant, platform provides unprecedented healthcare data collection, assessment and proactive intervention for remote patient monitoring, condition management, home health, behavioral health, telemedicine and care coordination as well as patient engagement. Noteworth enriches the ambulatory patient experience and allows clinicians to practice at the top of their licenses by easily and effectively producing and managing the data that confirms superior clinical outcomes, reducing cost of care and improving patient safety and satisfaction.
Achieving true digital healthcare will facilitate greater patient coverage while reducing resource requirements. So, now is the time to see for yourself how you can provide unrivaled confirmation of superior clinical outcomes, reduce cost of care and improve patient safety and satisfaction by enriching the patient experience and allowing clinicians to practice at the top of their licenses or better yet, request a demo today.