Contrary to popular belief, even hospitals with Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have silos of information – and a lot of paper in these information silos.
Think of all
the physician orders and faxed exam results that
still exist despite the EHRs. While paper documents are waiting at a
device or in someone’s inbox, other providers do
not even know they exist, resulting in expensive inefficiencies
and delays in care.
In fact, according to “The
Paperless Project”, large organizations lose a document every
12 seconds, and each lost document costs between $ 350 and $ 700 – not to
mention the potential impact on patient care.
On the other hand,
capturing paper documents such as physician orders or
lab results in electronic format upon receipt establishes
effective workflows that quickly update the information in the EHR. This
data-driven strategy gives providers a common view
of patient records online, resulting in improved
care collaboration before, during and after a hospital stay.
silos caused by paper-based procedures is simply not a matter
of scanning documents at the end of a particular workflow.
Rather, it requires the elimination of company-wide bottlenecks and delays
by collecting information from multiple sources,
then the use of directories and data analytics to improve the
way information is delivered. patients are used, no matter where
the care is provided.
improved by understanding how technologies make the capture and
exchange of information more accurate and efficient. For example, instead
of transmitting lab results by touching a sheet of
paper three or four times before entering it in electronic format,
smart scanning of job queues can be used as soon
as the information is received so that it can be scanned. be available in a timely manner.
We know that
paper will never be completely eliminated in the field of health
care. The key is to put in place
smart technologies and procedures to eliminate silos and capture information as quickly
and efficiently as possible across the continuum of care. Without
data silos , providers have access to a more complete patient record,
enabling them to make better decisions and provide
better care .
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