Unifying Electronic Health Records to Improve Patient Outcomes
First Published Wednesday, 4th April 2012 02:31 pm from TIBCO Software : Editorial Staff
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In healthcare, the need to conform to government
regulations and the ever-increasing desire to improve patient
outcomes results in a significant challenge to stay competitive.
How can you provide better care while avoiding risk and
raising revenue? By properly utilizing healthcare
information technology. Technological solutions allow healthcare
providers to streamline processes and raise
health networks have multiple records per patient with no easy
way to link these records for a full, cohesive picture of the
patient's health and the services they require. This unconnected
infrastructure results in slower care, higher costs, and reduces
efficiency on a large scale. TIBCO's solution provides a unified
electronic health record that links each admission across
multiple care settings, thus increasing operational efficiency
for a view of each patient that is single,
complete, and unique.
unified view of patients is just the starting point for
clinicians. The integrated data network also allows for
comprehensive management of complex networks from population
management, to financial information, to long-term patient health
tracking. When all these systems are integrated, it becomes
possible to develop a web-based patient registry to present
medical information in an easy-to-use format that helps
clinicians and patients connect. This master record of patient
care across the network strengthens chronic disease management
and targets pay-for-performance objectives.
Currently in use at Rush Health, a provider network with
over 35,000 annual admissions and more than 500,000 outpatient
visits, TIBCO created the Master Patient Index, a powerful tool
to optimize clinical outcomes and cost efficiencies.
"The next five or 10 years are going to be
very exciting for healthcare on the IT side." -Theresa
Burkhart, Vice President, Rush Health