Complete the Patient Record

How to enable healthcare organizations to bring data together from across disparate sources to facilitate the delivery of a single patient record through the EMR.

As global initiatives drive the healthcare industry to make the single patient record a reality, organizations face the challenges of bringing data from disparate systems across the enterprise into a holistic view accessible by clinicians and other staff at the point of care.

Challenge 1
“I can't access all of my patient’s record from one system – the EMR is incomplete!”

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems go some way to aggregating data and providing a view of a patient – but, that view is often incomplete. Here’s some interesting statistics: 25% of EMRs cannot access lab results; 33% of EMRs cannot access radiology reports; and 49% of EMRs cannot access patient consent information. And, it’s worse for less organized data types such as mental health notes, ophthalmic data, sleep studies, ultrasound or historic data of almost any kind. So, how can healthcare facilities create an environment where clinicians can get a full picture of a patient’s information?

The Answer
In short, by simplifying the integrations the EMR requires. If the EMR could seamlessly interoperate with a centralized, standards-based data repository that harnessed patient information from across clinical departments such as DICOM images, HL7 broadcasts, XDS files and other unstructured data types, then clinicians could view, search and drive more value out of their healthcare data than ever before. BridgeHead HealthStore™ offers an Independent Clinical Archive (ICA) that aggregates reference, legacy and historic data from across the healthcare enterprise and makes it available for consumption by the EMR.


For more information on how to complete your organization’s patient record, read about BridgeHead HealthStore™ →

Challenge 2
“I don’t have the time, money or resource to maintain multiple APIs to inter-connect all of my applications”
The EMR isn’t able to ‘consume’ all of the data within a healthcare facility due to the siloed nature of clinical applications. There have been pushes to create standard interfaces so the EMR can access content from the multiple applications across the healthcare environment, but these are rarely implemented. Why? Because it requires the healthcare facility to invest in multiple application integrations – all of which need to be initially developed and, more importantly, maintained – practically impossible with the rate of technological change and neither an efficient nor cost-effective solution. But, these multiple integrations are necessary to ensure that the EMR has access to the most accurate and up-to-date information. What’s the answer?
The Answer
The fact is that most of the data that the EMR consumes isn’t real-time data or recently created information. It’s generally reference or legacy data that isn’t likely to change. BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ Independent Clinical Archive (ICA) provides more efficient access to this reference information by creating a central repository for all of the patient’s recent and historic healthcare data. It also provides the EMR with a single search interface for all content and a far simpler and efficient integration to the majority of healthcare data.

Learn how to effectively manage and consolidate information from multiple applications with BridgeHead HealthStore™ →

Challenge 3
“Why can't patient data follow common standards so I can share it?”
You would have thought that, in this day and age, healthcare systems spoke a common language. If only this were true. There is a ridiculous volume of proprietary applications and proprietary data formats still very much at play today. Many vendors simply do not want to move to open standards – it might be costly for them to change their systems or they may fear losing the control (also known as ‘lock-in’) they have over their customers. Consequently, trying to create a common IT environment within a healthcare facility is fraught with challenges. So, what is the solution?
The Answer
There is global political pressure to normalize data across healthcare; and clinicians are crying out for shared systems and information so they can diagnose and treat patients more efficiently and effectively. That’s where HealthStore™ (BridgeHead’s Independent Clinical Archive) can help by enabling healthcare organizations to standardize access to the data that makes up patient records. Not only is HealthStore built utilizing open standards, but it also supports standard interfaces such as DICOM, HL7, XDS and unstructured content, to enable the easy sharing of patient data to other applications such as the EMR, clinical portals, integration engines and the like.

To find out how to share information across and beyond your organization using healthcare data standards, read more about BridgeHead HealthStore™ →

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