Archive for the ‘Healthcare Information Systems’ Category

Healthcare Information Exchange:

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Why it’s Important and How the Government is promoting it?

Health information exchange describes the process of mobilizing healthcare information through electronic means across various concerned organizations within a given hospital system, community or region. This process involves moving clinical information through different health care information systems while ensuring that the integrity and meaning of the information is maintained exactly as it was in its original state. The smooth and seamless exchange of clinical data and information is critical for delivering high quality healthcare. Thus it also plays a major role in determining the effectiveness of healthcare organizations.

Although the advantages of efficient sharing of health care information among concerned parties, including patients and physicians and other authorized members are understood and desired by most people who are involved in healthcare system, very few organizations have actually gone ahead and taken full advantage of the technological progress made in the area of health informatics and computer science. Healthcare information exchange involves various technology based systems like interoperability, business information systems, standards utilization, and harmonization. All of these need to be established on local, state and national level to provide a seamless network of healthcare information.

According to David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, if a standardized system of electronic health records can be put into widespread use it can lead to highly improved levels of efficiency and patient safety, and significantly better health care quality.

An efficient health care information system has got several benefits to offer to all parties involved in the field of healthcare whether they are service providers or consumers. It allows healthcare professionals to conveniently access and retrieves relevant and complete medical data which helps them in providing patient-centered care that is more efficient, effective and timely. A well established health information exchange system would also provide public health officials with a ready and in-depth database of public information which they can reliably use in analyzing health of the population.

EMR Interface with Medical device’s

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Congress Helps the Case of EMR Interface with Medical Devices with a $19 billion Push!

The healthcare sector is going through large scale reforms since last year. This has ushered in new trends that had been kept waiting for long. EMR?s (Electronic Medical Records) are one such feature that has added great flexibility to the healthcare arena, especially with issues such as staffing and data tracking.

Recent news suggests that not only the physicians and hospitals that have EMRs but also resident patients are to benefit from digitalization of the medical system. In fact, the Congress has already boosted the morale of healthcare providers with an incentive of $19 billion to help them adopt this modern technology as soon as they can.

However, the government?s urgency in having an upsurge in EMR Interface with medical devices is set to face some setbacks as other facts filter in about the same:

? Coded language used to input data cannot be interpreted across different platforms cause a significant problem of EMR Interface with medical devices
? Inefficient staff can actually turn the tables on the whole procedure
? Confusing sets and non-customizable units compound the problem regarding setting up an effective interface with medical devices

The real issue with maintaining a steady and successful EMR interface with medical devices is more complex. While many hospitals and nursing homes are equipped to handle or explore connectivity options, some physicians and stand-alone healthcare providers are not in a similar position. The main reason behind this is the vast difference in the respective EMR units bought by the two factions. Bigger EMR vendors for hospitals offer customized or limited interaction with gadgetry, while the small-scale vendors for physicians cannot provide such services to their clients. This whole process may result in utter chaos across the states? healthcare industry.

These glitches are reducing the efficacy of the initiative of the federal authorities to improve response times and efficiency of the healthcare industry. Till recently, illegible prescriptions had led to hundreds of cases of wrong administration of medicines. This is also a point that EMRs are supposed to negate in the near future.

However, their full potential lies in the functional ease they can achieve through the interaction with medical devices and other healthcare gadgetry.

Many online portals have become popular destinations for firms seeking efficient solutions for EMR strategies. ?Binary Spectrum? is one such site that you may visit to provide good healthcare to your clients!

Interoperability of EMR’s

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Electronic Medical Records or EMR have the potential to create a revolution in the provision of healthcare services. Electronic medical records ensure that patient?s detailed medical information is stored in a database which can be accessed by a whole network of authorized healthcare services providers. Data stored in an electronic form is less likely to get lost or misinterpreted. Right now we frequently come to know about cases in which a patient has to get expensive tests redone because he/she has lost the reports of the same tests. Such incidents cause a lot of unnecessary expenses and wastage of resources.

Even more concerning is incidents where pharmacists provide wrong medication because the handwritten prescription provided is not legible. Wrong medication can lead to serious drug reactions and worse, death. Electronic medical records have the potential to eliminate such mistakes and what’s more they can make the whole system of healthcare much more efficient and effective at every level. However before we can exploit the full benefits of EMR we need to ensure that they are implemented on a large, national scale. But there are some factors which are proving to be roadblocks on the way, one of the major problems being interoperability of EMR’s.

Electronic medical records require special software and hardware to run. Now in order to achieve full benefits, these records need to be accessed from a variety of terminals. This ability of various software and hardware to share data without any problem is referred to as inoperability. In the case of medical data, they are stored using different coding systems at different places which create problems in sharing them across different platforms. Fortunately, the US government has been proactive in this area and has been taking measures that would ensure improvement in interoperability of EMR’s. The government realizes that widespread use of EMRs can lead to great improvements in the quality of healthcare, as well as patient safety which is a very important development as it can lead to the optimal implementation of EMR’s.

There are many companies which have been engaged in developing EMR systems. GHT is counted among the top ones because of the high quality of its work and specializes in creating custom software for the field of healthcare and has extensive exposure and experience in this field.

The way to cost-effective EMR’s

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Electronic Medical Records have frequently been in news over the past few months. They have been widely discussed by most people connected with the healthcare industry and most people agree that EMR’s can bring out significant and positive changes in the field of healthcare. Even the US government has its attention behind the implementation of electronic health records system. However all this has not led healthcare providers to adopt the technology on a wide scale. Even those providers who have forged ahead and begun using the technology have been using them at very basic levels. Thus they are not being able to exploit the maximum potential that the technology can offer. The result is even after investing in electronic medical records technology these providers are missing out on substantial operational and financial benefits.

This unfortunate scenario is a result of some popular misconceptions about EMR’s which are driving away potential users. There have been some reports in recent times which have concluded that the savings and operational efficiencies promised by the adoption of electronic health records might be more hype than reality and that in certain cases it has actually led to increasing administrative costs. However, the truth is that these are very short-sighted conclusions which have not taken into account the long term advantages of adopting electronic health records system.

The truth is that an electronic medical records system takes some time and effort to start showing real benefits. One needs to adopt a meticulously planned approach in the adoption of EMR technology even when there is consistent vendor support. The problem with many long term health care providers is that they have absolutely no idea on how to go about the process and quite frequently they rush into implementing the system which leads to failure and disappointment. It is vital to setup a realistic timeline for implementation. Moreover one need not invest in a full services solution right away as it is not only expensive but also puts extreme burden on the proper training of staff.

One should go about the process of implementing the EMR system gradually, vendor education and support is very important in this scenario.  After the basic implementation process is satisfactorily complete one can move on to the next stage of development. Care providers who take the slow and steady path in implementing EMR will be the ones who will emerge as beneficiaries in the long run.

If you are looking for cost-effective EMR solutions look no further than GHT which has extensive experience in developing custom healthcare software.

Pain Management EMR

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

One aspect of more general specialty is Pain Management. Despite the increased focus on Pain Management, millions of patients tend to suffer from pain. GHT addresses this issue by focusing on treatment of the pain in a structured manner to arrive at the root cause for the same. We at GHT center on details like history of the pain, the time period since its occurrence, the intensity, conditions that could aggravate or relieve the pain, etc, to deliver a successful pain management.

Our physicians at GHT provide treatment options that are available for pain management, like drug treatments, joint injections, spinal stimulations, nerve blocks, etc to the patients suffering from chronic pain. We endeavor at improving the quality of life through the latest progressions made in the field of pain medication along with an in-depth assessment and support from our physicians.

Document Manager

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The purpose of document manager software in any healthcare practice is to save redundant data entry. GHT?s Document manager addresses the same need with its comprehensive features like supporting variety of image file formats, text, audio, video, pdf, etc and integration with scanner, fax and emails. This application allows attachment of image of a patient for regular viewing.