Since 2011, hospitals and medical providers across the United States have received billions of dollars in funding. The funding was to purchase and use Electronic Health Records. Since the government began issuing these funds, the sharing of patient data has seen a huge improvement. Today, Accountable Care Organizations demand a higher level of sharing. How has this benefited the patient?
The patient is receiving better quality care due to all their records being available online. Additionally, the medical records are in a linked system instead of in a large 2-pronged file folder. This linked system allows the sharing data from one physician to another. Another benefit of the computerized data is that hospitals and medical providers use it to identify changes in patient vitals and drug interactions. They also use it to provide automatic updates, notifications of lab results, and reminders to physicians. The electronic health record also improves the speed of paying the insurance claims.
Problems with Medical Record Sharing
However, there remain several problems. The healthcare industry must overcome these problems to continue to improve patient medical experiences, identify medical trends, and save money. Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s) still struggle with sharing data outside their organization. If the patient deals with providers inside their hospital system, they share the data. Unfortunately, as soon as the patient attends an appointment with a doctor outside the main system, it becomes more difficult to share the records electronically. Hospitals and medical providers need a data-sharing agreement in place, along with interfaces between software programs.
Another area where ACO’s are struggling to get data is from those providers, who were not eligible to receive the federal dollars for an electronic health record system. Areas such as behavioral health, long-term post-acute care, and hospice entities could not partake in the funding stream. Therefore, it becomes impossible to access data about a patient going to a nursing home or hospice care without taking additional action to share the records.
Health Level Seven (HL-7) has been in operation since 1987 and continues to push for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health records to improve patient care. Their goal is for everyone to securely access and use the correct health information when and where they need it.
Where does wearable technology come in? The concept of wearable technology may be the answer to improving incorporation of patient data into the electronic health record while returning the physician to a more “normal” interaction with the patient and moving the computer out of the way, such as Google Glass. Google Glass is a pair of glasses that records, transcribes, and downloads the data from the provider and patient’s interaction with the provider’s existing electronic health record for the patient.
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