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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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Lowering Healthcare Costs with Advanced Analytics

Medical care has come quite a long way in the last several decades. Diseases that were once thought unsurvivable are now treatable, and doctors’ understanding of many conditions has improved greatly. One area where we’ve made tremendous strides, particularly in the last decade, is in healthcare analytics. The widespread availability of data on many facets of patient care means that we’re now better able to analyze and understand how patients are using healthcare – enabling employers to make better decisions.

Today, almost all healthcare purchasers want advanced analytics, with 90% believing that real time data is key to making critical decisions for their organizations. With the right analytics, an employer can tell how many employees are taking advantage of emergency room care but not seeing a primary care doctor, for example, or how many of their employees are pre-diabetic but are not being treated. Analytics can also help:

By incorporating this type of actionable data, organizations can make smart choices for themselves and their employees when it comes to healthcare.

Making Analytics Actionable

The key word when it comes to analytics, of course, is “actionable”. Employers need to be presented with data in a fashion that’s going to support and enable them to create strategic plans. As evidence-based medicine moves to the forefront, it’s no surprise that advanced analytics would come forward as well. In a recent survey from nonprofit National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, 97% of respondents agree that “now more than ever it’s essential to have tools to effectively evaluate data and make informed decisions”.

Of course, not all organizations are able to bring advanced analytics in-house. Perceived cost or lack of internal resources could keep an organization from pursuing actionable analytics. However, in many cases, the need for analytics is supported by an organization’s health plan. For example, Catholic Benefits Trust members receive both ownership of their medical data, as well as a robust analysis of that data, helping you make smart choices. We even offer benchmark data so you can see how your plans and programs stack up compared to other CBT members.

We know that you might not have the staff to undergo a large analytics initiative – but we can help you uncover actionable insights without investing in a whole host of mathematicians. Get in touch today to see how we can help your organization make use of analytics, shared best practices, and a host of other benefits.

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