Patient recordkeeping has come a long way in the last decade, moving from paper-based systems to sophisticated EHRs that encourage information exchange and provide us with a wealth of data. Now it’s time to kick things into a higher gear to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements and improve patient care.
Our new white paper, Beyond the EHR: Meaningful Use, Content Management and Business Intelligence, focuses on how hospitals can achieve the next level—capturing, managing and making accessible a broad set of clinical data elements.
To meet Stage 2 requirements, providers must:
- Incorporate lab results within the EHR
- Allow patients to view, download and transmit their medical information online
- Be able to send summary-of-care documentation for follow-up providers through secure email
Our white paper demonstrates how an enterprise content management (ECM) system can help hospitals meet all of these requirements. For example, an ECM allows you to combine structured data (like date of birth) and unstructured data (like medical images and reports) in one place. Unstructured data makes up a large percentage of hospital data and is a vital source of care delivery information.
Just as importantly, an ECM can be combined with business intelligence software to provide insights into financial and clinical information. For example, hospitals can maximize cash collections by prioritizing accounts receivable management, address enterprise-wide cash flow risks and track key performance indicators across multiple departments.
Forward-thinking hospitals that expand their EHR’s capabilities and begin leveraging their data will be well positioned to succeed in this era of heavy regulation and continual reform.