Improve Patient Data Quality

How to ensure healthcare data is to a high standard and quality so that it can be put to good use in the diagnoses and treatment of patients.

Data is the lifeblood of any healthcare organization – it underpins care decisions and the smooth running of hospital operations. The only thing worse than not having patient data is having, and relying on, incomplete or poor quality data. In healthcare, good quality patient information can be the difference between a successful or poor outcome.

Challenge 1
“Lack of access to patient data, when I need it, can be very disruptive”

Often, during the diagnosis or treatment of a patient, clinicians do not have quick and easy access to all of the important information they need to carry out their duties efficiently and effectively. This is often attributed to the lack of interoperability between critical clinical systems. Unfortunately, the healthcare industry is still saturated with proprietary IT systems that do not adhere to open standards. Consequently, it is notoriously difficult to get these applications talking to one another to ensure the vital sharing of patient information to those that need it, when they need it, at the point of care.

The Answer

An approach is required that brings data together from across disparate systems and transforms it so that it follows open healthcare data standards and can, thereby, be made available to clinicians. BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ centrally stores, protects and shares patient information from across disparate systems around the healthcare enterprise making it easy to find and interrogate. This helps facilitate a much richer Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and easier access to the complete history of the patient.

To learn how to create a true data sharing environment to enable access to patient information at the point of need, read more about BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ →

Challenge 2
“What's the point of having patient data if it is corrupt or of poor quality?”

Clinicians are regularly faced with inconsistent or poor quality patient information. Sometimes records can be mistakenly attributed to the wrong patient – this, of course, has the potential to be dangerous. Often when a patient’s information changes, e.g. demographic updates, these amendments don’t find their way to all of the relevant clinical applications. Does your healthcare facility have the ability to manage data quality across multiple systems?

The Answer

BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ is an Independent Clinical Archive (ICA) that can help alleviate many of these symptoms. Before ingesting data into HealthStore, BridgeHead works closely with the healthcare facility to determine what ‘good quality’ looks like. BridgeHead then applies this thinking to configure the HealthStore environment to enforce data quality rules on ingestion that can then be maintained over time. And, as it’s built on and adheres to healthcare’s open data standards, HealthStore can utilize these standards to maintain data quality. Demographics can be maintained using our integration with eMPI and our native support for HL7. Content can be kept in synchronization with the originating application using standards such as Image Object Change Management (IOCM).

Find out how to enforce data quality rules to ensure patient data integrity by using BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ →

Challenge 3
“Incomplete data causes diagnostics tests to be repeated or can result in an incorrect treatment plan”

In theory, when a clinician is searching for patient data, it should be easy to find. In practice, this is not what happens and often the inability to find the information needed delays proceedings. Much of the data is very time consuming to locate, and in some cases cannot be found – so diagnostic studies have to be redone or treatment has to continue without all of the diagnostic context a clinician might desire. Quickly finding and accessing good and complete information is crucial to quality care delivery – compromise on this is unacceptable.

The Answer

BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ Independent Clinical Archive (ICA) doesn’t just offer a central repository for storing, protecting and sharing patient information. It also provides fully indexed patient data gathered from multiple disparate diagnostic applications. Consequently, when clinicians want to find specific patient information, the powerful search tools available within HealthStore make the process swift and straightforward. Additionally, HealthStore also provides all the access tools you need, right out of the box, including search tools to locate patient data and integrated DICOM viewers.

Learn how your clinicians can find all of the relevant patient data they need through the powerful search tools available within BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ →

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HealthStore™ Datasheet

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