Electronic Health Records (EHRs) must provide a sound basis for effective digital health. Artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and population health management all depend on a structured foundation of accurate data which can then be processed to enable decision support – whether clinical or back-office. The HIMSS Annual European eHealth Survey indicates that EHR implementation is the single largest priority for 23% of the respondents.
Providers that want a comprehensive view of the patient need to establish electronic health record databases as a foundation for more complex EHR-driven services. That means building towards value-added functionality like health analytics and AI. Those that already have access to existing EHR databases might need to structure and optimise the data to enable effective data mining, extract greater efficiency and improve health outcomes.
Clinicians expect convenient functionality and interoperability from EHRs, administrators want effective data management and patients expect a transformed digital health experience similar to what they get from other industries digital services. Transformation on this level is much more than technology: Overall approach, stakeholder management, patient-centricity, infrastructure, robust processes, and well-trained staff all come into play.
Clinical Staff competency with EMRs is increasing, as is patient demand for electronic records, due to a shift in the number who are actively monitoring their own health.
Doctors and patients are now in overwhelming agreement that EMRs improve clinical outcomes. Clinical Staff competency with EHRs is increasing, as is patient demand for utilizing EHR for managing their health.
Healthcare costs go up faster than GDP. Healthcare urgently needs to follow other industries and figure out how to make itself more sustainable. Accurate citizen data is the foundation on which sustainability will be built, so broad based EHR adoption is crucial to long-term healthcare sustainability. Digital technology gives us the means, now it's a question of changing our mindsets.
What should provider organizations be thinking about when strategizing about EMR selection and implementation?
In this short video, hear from Kip Webb M.D., M.P.H., managing director of Accenture’s Global Clinical Services, about choosing an EMR that has the functionality to meet providers’ needs for delivering not just the healthcare of today but the healthcare of tomorrow.