The Power of the Patient: EMRs Integrate with Self Tracked Patient Data
The healthcare industry has been pretty busy the past few years, to say the least. The shift in fee-for-service to a more quality-driven model has led health systems to focus on technology in an unprecedented way. One of the biggest projects health systems have tackled is the rollout of new electronic health record (EHR) systems. EHR’s are essential tools for accurately capturing the clinical details of a patient encounter, whether the patient is laying in a hospital bed, sitting in an exam room, or visiting an urgent care center. EHRs are necessary, but not sufficient, for the kind of patient management required in the accountable care era. To wit, which EHRs provide insights into patient status when patients are away from their doctor? What about the 99% of the time patients are charged with managing their own health?
Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, a community health center in Rhode Island, partnered with us and rolled out their patient-facing mobile application at the beginning of the summer. We have worked with them on numerous initiatives, but what we’ve been most excited about was the integration of patient generated data into their EMR system. The information exchange between our app and NextGen, their EMR, allows a patient’s data which they have tracked in their app, to flow automatically back to NextGen. This PDF report sits in a patient’s profile to be reviewed by their doctor 48 hours before their next appointment. Blackstone continues to be on the forefront of innovation and, with this integration, already achieves one of the key standards of Meaningful Use 3, three years ahead of it’s scheduled deadline for adoption. Moreover, this initiative is laying a foundation for succeeding under payer contracts that reward keeping patients well and out of the ER and the hospital.
This innovative approach is a win/win for both patients and their care team and helps to pave the way for patients to become more active in the management of their own care. This data:
- Equips care teams with a powerful, data-driven tool to use during primary care visits
- Enables a more meaningful conversation between a patient and their provider
- Empowers patients to become more engaged in their health by providing tools to better manage their conditions
Patient data is powerful. Being able to not only capture it but also use it in a clear and meaningful way that fits seamlessly with a provider’s care plan is a huge step in painting a clearer picture of a patient’s overall health. With this integration providers are, in turn, more likely to prescribe this technology to patients. These patients are then better equipped, more knowledgeable and also more active participants in what we all know is most important: their health.