Interoperability: Improving the Way Doctors Access Data

Many hospitals and healthcare providers use different Electronic Health Records (EHR), which can be challenging in implementing population health management, viewing patient records, and various IT solutions. For healthcare organizations, it is essential to combine information from multiple electronic medical record systems for a simple way to access information. Many organizations have to access multiple EHR systems to access one patient’s record, which has complicated the system instead of making it seamless. So how can healthcare providers and hospitals using different systems easily access records across systems? This can be done through interoperability, or multiple independent systems exchanging useful information for mutual benefits.

Use the right technology

Creating the option for interoperability is not a simple task, but many technologies exist to make this happen. It is essential to house the information in one, easily accessible place, which is a Health Information Exchange, or HIE. With this technology, healthcare organizations are able to easily reference patient data from a number of sources, including EHRs, lab results, administrative data, and more. This is also helpful in normalizing population health data, which enables simpler data sharing.

The importance of interoperability

When doctors cannot easily access detailed patient data, they will not be able to see everything in the patient’s care history. And this goes across the board for all patients, which affects population health management. Having easy access to this information makes life easier for doctors and hospitals when it comes to new patients. Being able to look up a patient and see their medical history makes the process easier for both doctors and patients. Doctors don’t have to scramble to look for data from multiple sources, and patients won’t have to explain their medical history over and over again.

Technology has made healthcare and population health management easier, especially when it comes to sharing and transmitting data. At Catholic Benefits Trust, we provide member benefits including valuable benchmark data that you are able access how and when you want. With help from our actuaries, you can analyze the data to see how your plans and programs compare. Contact us today for more information on our benefits and how we can best help you and your health needs.

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