The long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) industry made some good inroads last year in terms of information technology and electronic records, but 2013 should be a hallmark year of cooperation, connectivity and shared mission among LTPAC providers, acute care providers and the vendor community.
Will your EMR grow along with you? Does your information system understand you facility's workflow? Senior care technology expert John Derr explains how to assess workflow amid information technology changes and upgrades.
October brings many key healthcare conferences and a renewed focus on the stages of implementing healthcare information technology in the long-term care setting. Is your facility ready to implement HIT systems for longitudinal care quality and transitions of care?
The healthcare system has taken three large steps toward longitudinal care—and toward embracing long-term/post-acute care’s role in that picture. Progress on the Meaningful Use stages and templates for the new Continuity of Care Document were among the highlights.
In this week's blog, John Derr, RPh, discusses the importance of harmony between clinical design and information technology. Successful implementation of transitions of care and longitudinal health records will require bringing both the clinical side and the technology side into the future together.
Many providers have recognized that there is a harmonizing between HIT and clinical. Clinicians are working together with their IT departments and vendors to solve clinical processes. If you have not formed this partnership within your company you should do so as you will have an earlier success in developing your HIT infrastructure.
It is important that you understand where the healthcare market is going and commit whether or not to stay with “this is the way we always did it” philosophy. You might decide to stay with what you are doing, but be sure to do a thorough analysis of everything. When you make an upgrade in your HIT you will have to make changes and you have to know the starting point.
Interconnectivity and transitions of care are as important to LTPAC providers as they are good for patient coordination of care. Remember, the end objective is an integrated, dynamic, longitudinal, person-centric electronic healthcare record.