In today’s complex healthcare environment, physicians must contend with ever increasing paperwork and regulatory burdens in addition to performing their clinical duties, collaborating with other physicians and communicating with payors. Performing myriad administrative tasks—from writing prescriptions, checking lab work, providing referrals, and tracking patient progress—has become overwhelming and intrusive to the physician’s practice and infringes on his/her personal time. As a result, most practitioners spend less time with patients and more time on administrative tasks, adding to provider stress and prolonging the time needed to provide the required care.
From a healthcare systems point of view, administrative work encroaches on efficiency and impacts cost. For instance, a simple scenario such as a hospital discharge requires coordination between multiple systems and adherence to complex clinical protocols. A delay at any step can create a bottleneck in the process, leading to extended patient stay and an overall increase in costs. Furthermore, communication between different departments can be slow and contributes to a system that is already burdened with high utilization costs.
From a public health perspective, this complicates the process of health data collection which ideally should be a byproduct/extension of the care delivery process, rather than imposing another burden. Data collection is especially relevant for ongoing education, assessment, and management of chronic diseases, allowing the physician to be more patient centered.
Automating the process through the use of digital technology has proven results in how healthcare is delivered and utilized by increasing coordination between departments and improving system efficiency, patient safety, and care quality, and lowering costs. As healthcare systems expand and grow beyond local systems of care to regional, national, and global health assessment and care delivery, health IT is poised to align competent, evidence-based care to match population health needs and remove barriers to collaboration.
As part of our commitment to clinical process streamlining, EMED's works with healthcare professionals and healthcare systems create more efficient workflows. EMED's solutions improve the efficiency of the end-to-end process including access to care; development and management of the care plan; continuity of care among providers and systems; and care maintenance. EMED's solutions to improve clinical workflow include business process re-engineering, program management, systems integration, custom solutions, and enterprise-wide health information exchange.
The end result? Physicians can see more patients in the same amount of time keeping the same quality of care. The healthcare system is more effective and productive; the institution optimizes resources. System-wide, more patients have access to care and the cost burden is reduced.