5 Ways EHRs Can Help Diagnose Patients
Illustration Tools and Imaging
Medical professionals can chart patients’ progress, as well as review all forms of images without having to log in to different programs. Visuals play a key role in using real-time visual and empirical data to help healthcare providers diagnose current disease states. Charting and Graphing allow the provider, intuitively, to see the whole picture of the patients’ overall health status in an instant. EHR in general greatly speeds the mode of delivery both past and present to the provider which allows them to make decisions in real-time for the care of their patients.
Incorporating results of lab reports through an EHR improves the safety and the expediency of decision making in situations where every second could matter. Historical laboratory data is also important in these instances because at a push of a button you can see what tests have confirmed about underlying conditions a patient has had in the past or present. Without EHR this process could take hours or even days to procure needed information about the patient. Because of EHR, your providers can rest assured that the data will be there for them when they need it most. Lab reports also can be vital to help your providers understand what levels of analytes are low or high within a patient without having to re-calculate analyte value tables or metrics. The system will define what is classified as low or high and flag it for you when the data values are abnormal. This automatic tool helps doctors evaluate how effective treatment has been and assists in tracking the progression of chronic illnesses. Ultimately, identifying abnormalities is essential in assisting physicians’ conclusions with the treatment and progress of health conditions.
Care Grid and Tasking
Nurses are pivotal to influencing health outcomes in health care environments. EHR gives them the tools to record their observations, order their tasks through the use of a care grid, and take discreet variable data from assessments and vitals readings. Observations can include visual, physical and clinical observations. A nurse can document what they see or hear from a patient and add it in free form text for the provider within the EHR. Additional discrete data from a patient is collected during initial intake which assists in understanding the chief complaint. Using an EHR, clinicians can quickly access data from past visits and compare them to the current visit. This helps clinicians establish an instant rapport with their patients, because of the patients. The patient will notice that the provider has a firm understanding of their health status and will enable the patient to trust their provider to open up further to potentially find the root cause of their underlying issues. The care grid integration into the EHR is a tool that allows nurses to sequence their workflow, record when their tasks are complete, create alerts when tasks are not complete or overdue, deliver aid, medications, and conduct safety checks on patients at specific times.
As we have highlighted, one of the most important benefits to EHR is instant access to medical history. But what do we do when that information is housed at another facility, maybe even across the country? EHRs allow us to transfer data between facilities through HL7 guidelines and data sharing. This uniform mode of data sharing enables us to access data that would otherwise be unavailable to the provider. This is essential in giving quick access to critical, life-saving information when every moment counts! It also allows us to access data that the patient can’t remember, might not be able to communicate or struggle to be able to relay to the provider. Potentially every detail from allergies, blood type, current medications, and information will now be available to your providers because of EHR and the ability it provides you to quickly communicate between facilities where you would have to wait significant periods of time to access in the past.
Scheduling and Triage
EHR systems also have a distinct advantage in being able to assist your hospitals and clinics in the scheduling, triage, room assignment, and movement of patients within your facility. Every patient whether it be an emergency situation or a scheduled visit needs to know that their problem will be dealt with in an ordered, time-efficient manner. EHR reduces the time to get patients to ER Rooms in emergency situations. Once a room is cleaned and ready for a patient, you will instantly know the interoperable function of the entire hospital including housekeeping that a room is ready. The EHR ADT system will recognize that a room is available and assign the patient to a clean room. You no longer have to wait for manual or verbal verification that a room is ready. Secondly, patients can be triaged by your nursing staff through the entire EHR. This will allow for quicker access to rooms for patients with high priority health care needs to be by order within your EHR. Room assignments can be automatically driven and picked by the EHR so as not to overburden care teams and give an equal distribution of patients to each team, nurse, or provider. Finally, patients will appreciate your facility is organized and an efficient operation that provides confidence to their diagnosis and treatment which will be dealt with promptly!
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