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Finding the Future of Electronic Health Records in the US

Electronic health recordsThe proliferation of diagnostics and screening tests in the United States has generated massive amounts of patient data. To effectively store and manage these mounting volumes of data, the US health systems have invested over $20 billion in electronic health records (EHR systems) over the past decade. Based on the data from our healthcare market intelligence, over 85% of healthcare providers and physicians in the United States had access to EHR systems by the end of 2017. Although electronic medical records are poised to revolutionize patient care by putting patient information at the doctor’s fingertips, not all physicians are content with its implementation. Physicians often find themselves caught up in data entry with limited time for patient interactions. Moreover, electronic health records are currently far from being the panacea of patient safety and operational efficiency that they were expected to be. However, as electronic health records system matures, we can expect the future of electronic health records to live up to their potential in the long run.

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Future of electronic health records : Key roadblocks to overcome

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Prior to the implementation of electronic health records in the US, healthcare providers and patients were unable to effectively follow patient in time and space. Furthermore, such siloed systems added on to the hospital expenditure and wastage of physician time, restricting the provision for a better quality of care. EHR systems have the potential to mobilize hospital’s resources and enhance the overall patient outcome. But a major challenge of EHR systems is that various vendors had separately developed systems with different data formatting, making it difficult to share patient records between hospitals, physicians and external testing labs. This also makes it challenging to use data collected by patient monitoring devices. The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) draft standard is trying to develop a standard for storing and transmitting data across healthcare organizations. And this is now being widely accepted by vendors of electronic health records systems. The recent regulations proposed by the IS government health insurance plan might soon make FHIR mandatory for electronic health records.

Reducing physician’s data entry work

Natural language processing is a great way to reduce the time spent on data entry work for physicians and facilitates them to allot more time to patients. However, this comes with its own set of challenges. Firstly, the clarity of the output will largely depend on the physician’s way with words. This could hamper the reliability of the report. Secondly, with such technology, patient privacy is at stake. Although countries like the US and UK have strong medical data privacy regulations, especially in the case of data transmission, we still come across data breach instances. Such breaches can lead to healthcare fraud especially in the case of medical insurance.

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Managing data entry errors

One of the key advantages of electronic health records was believed to be its ability to reduce errors, misplacement, and oversights in healthcare records. Also, in many cases, the illegibility of physicians’ handwriting was found to be the cause of several errors. Although the introduction of electronic medical records has reduced instances of medical errors considerably, the chances of errors cannot be completely ruled out. Digitalization could also pave for new opportunities for medical error. Drug safety authorities have confirmed that human-computer interactions were responsible for over 50% of problems in laboratory testing. This could drastically hamper patient care by causing inconvenience, errors or delays in diagnosis. Although electronic health records systems are designed to alert clinicians in case of mistakes, often these alerts are shrugged off as a ‘computer error’ and this in some cases could prove to be fatal for patients. In order to reduce the risk of alert fatigue causing similar mistakes in the future, it is advisable to switch off the most frequently ignored alerts.

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Building an Effective Remote Patient Monitoring Strategy

With the rising demand for healthcare services especially due to the growing incidence of chronic diseases among the aging population, there is unprecedented stress on primary care. Furthermore, the low nurse to patient ratio in hospitals as well as clinical setup are increasing strain on emergency care centers and assisted living centers. To tackle similar challenges, healthcare systems are considering to radically transform service delivery through remote patient monitoring services.

Remote patient monitoring (RPM), a technology that allows patients to be monitored outside traditional clinical settings, was relatively slow to be adopted by healthcare providers. A variety of technological and financial factors hindered the early adoption of remote patient monitoring systems. However, over the years, the remote patient monitoring market saw an increase in the number of patients being monitored remotely and the trend is expected to continue over the next decade as well. Whether your healthcare organization was an early adopter of RPM technology or you are just getting into the game, there remains a number of basic factors that must be considered to ensure your RPM efforts are financially and clinically successful. Based on our expertise in helping several remote patient monitoring service providers tackle key challenges, below are some key points to consider.

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Remote patient monitoring in today’s healthcare scenario

Today, with pay-for-performance becoming mainstream, remote patient monitoring has now become imperative for providers of all kinds. However, this wasn’t the case a decade or two ago. But with the multitude of benefits that RPM brings with it including aiding better clinical outcomes, controlling healthcare costs, reducing admissions and readmissions, and improving overall access to healthcare are some of the main reasons why healthcare providers are increasingly making RPM devices available to their patients. In some cases, remote patient monitoring is used as a condition of long-term treatment, especially for those with chronic diseases.

Execution is more important than the technology

Remote patient monitoring services undoubtedly provide a host of benefits for healthcare providers and patients with chronic illness. But it is essential for healthcare providers to not get carried away by these lucrative advantages. Firstly, it must be ensured the organization is equipped with the necessary infrastructure, personnel, and work processes that are required to provide scalable RPM implementation that can exceed performance expectations. Prematurely rolling out remote patient monitoring strategies and initiatives can result in failure due to faltered back-end execution. This could in turn also hamper the organization’s reputation.

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Conduct early due diligence

Leveraging the ample amount of available data and input on remote patient monitoring tools is more feasible than using pilot projects. As modern patients expect turnkey solutions from healthcare providers, organizations cannot expect patients to wait until they resolve the gaps in these pilot projects. A greater degree of patient and staff satisfaction can be ensured by rigorously conducting due diligence at the early stages, and ensuring that the remote patient monitoring system can be rolled out successfully.

Consider RPM as a cost containment strategy

A healthcare organization’s remote patient monitoring strategy should not ideally be dictated by an RPM vendor or be based on the deals on RPM technology. In order to be able to clearly visualize the merits and demerits of remote patient monitoring technologies, providers could consider the benefits of working with a healthcare consulting firm that is well-versed in this and can help in strategic allocation and implementation of the technology.

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Quality Improvement in Healthcare Using Business Intelligence

With the rising competition, the healthcare sector is transforming into a developed and complex marketplace. With the changing healthcare landscape across the globe, quality improvement in healthcare is garnering increased focus. Not only for the patients, but even for the forward-thinking healthcare companies, quality in healthcare has now become paramount. Although a lot of funding is going into training staff and procuring drugs and equipment in an effort to improve quality across healthcare facilities, we still find that many known clinical interventions are not reaching patients at the time they need it. This is one of the prime reasons why more and more healthcare companies are warming up to advanced techniques such as business intelligence in order to support performance improvement in healthcare services and ensure access to quality healthcare for patients. Healthcare providers can get the insight needed to reduce costs, increase revenue, and improve patient safety while remaining compliant with regulations by integrating business intelligence solutions.

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Accuracy in patients’ treatment history

Business intelligence solutions help merge all claims so that physicians are able to access them via EHR. This ensures that the data gathered is delivered flawlessly. It also enables the physician to see and understand each and every test and treatment that the patient has previously received, both at that facility and elsewhere, as well as any remaining tests that needs to be performed. Eliminating repeat tests helps save money and satisfies the patient who does not have to undergo repeat tests due to missing information. Through this the physician will be able to ensure quality improvement in healthcare treatment provided to the patient.

Personalized medication

With the help of business intelligence solutions, patient data becomes more accessible and analyzing patient data is now easier than ever before. As a result, treatment regimens are not required to follow the one-size-fits-all approach anymore. Rather, physicians provide superior quality in the healthcare treatment based on the patient’s past treatment record and current care requirements and enhance quality improvement in healthcare.

Prevention of certain diseases

Physicians can prevent diseases or at least help in reducing the impact of disease by analyzing genetic markers. By analyzing the data available through business intelligence, physicians can gain better insights into the patterns of determinants that have the ability to increase the patient’s risk of a particular disease. Such measures taken for prevention of disease can establish quality improvement in healthcare organizations.

Enhance healthcare logistics

By leveraging business intelligence tools to analyze patient throughput and enabling better decision-making on the population of the healthcare organization, hospitals can gain a comprehensive idea on the ideal discharge times. Consequently, they can make the best use of bed space without sacrificing patient outcome and promote quality improvement in healthcare. Furthermore, emergency and trauma patient cases can be more accurately prioritized and treated thus improving patient outcomes while minimizing costs by providing the right treatment at the right time.

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Why Healthcare Organizations are Holding Back Innovation: Three Barriers to Healthcare Innovation

Healthcare, not only in the United States but also in most developed countries of the world is ailing and in desperate need for help. Although the industry has made some advancements in case of healthcare innovation over the past few years, the packaging and delivery of treatment are often inefficient, ineffective, and not customer-friendly. Currently, key challenges in the healthcare industry range from medical errors to the soaring healthcare costs. The US government has been spending billions of dollars annually to identify healthcare innovations that can overcome these hurdles. Despite this, several of these efforts sometimes fail, leading to heavy losses for investors.

In this blog, healthcare industry experts at Infiniti Research discuss three key barriers to healthcare innovation.

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Unaligned budgeting units

Hospitals are generally organized by clinical departments, care centers, and other ancillary departments each with their own budgets. As a result, it becomes difficult to align those budgets and department goals in such a manner that one innovation works for all budgets. These decentralized budgets often lead to limited investment in healthcare innovation projects which could ultimately benefit the patient throughout the entire care cycle. Experts at Infiniti suggests that a single, unified budget dedicated just to healthcare innovation could help address the problem of hospitals not taking advantage of innovative solutions.

Rigid annual operating budgets

The annual budget model that hospitals usually operate under makes it difficult to invest in recent technologies and other healthcare innovation. Furthermore, investing in healthcare innovation will likely reduce their available funds for the rest of the fiscal year. Unless the payback period from the new healthcare innovation investment is realized in the current year, hospitals tend to reject the proposal to buy new technology. To overcome this, players in the healthcare industry can consider moving toward a budget process wherein the healthcare organization allows each department to keep a certain portion of the savings it created from the ROI of the new technology for future year budgets.

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Separating operating- and capital-budget timelines and process

In many healthcare systems, technology hardware and perpetual software licenses are paid for with capital budgets. Whereas, annual subscription models commonly used by software as a service (SaaS) solutions are purchased with the operating budgets. So, the source of funding (capital or operating budget) rather than the functionality and performance of alternative solutions determines the purchases made. In order to overcome such healthcare innovation barriers, organizations should purchase new technology not based on whether it fits into capital or operating budgets, but by weighing the performance and ROI of each solution that they are considering.

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How Mobility will Transform the Future of Healthcare System in the US

The way in which the US population seek and receive care is so dynamic that it often becomes hard to keep track and also predict the future of healthcare system in America.  Healthcare providers are taking on financial risk for patients, identifying ways to improve healthcare access and outcomes, and prioritizing consumer experience in order to cope with the changing patient needs. Despite several challenges coming their way, providers are increasingly looking at ways to adopt mobility into healthcare solutions.

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What is healthcare mobility?

The rapid adoption of mobile devices and other advanced technology by healthcare providers to improve patient care is known as healthcare mobility. As a greater number of patients are increasingly looking for convenient ways to gain healthcare access, mobile devices are gradually becoming a significant part of healthcare IT infrastructure. The use of mobile devices in healthcare will not only reduce the time it takes to save a patient’s life by retrieving data and communicating with team members faster, but it will also give clinicians the tools they require at their fingertips whether they are operating in a primary care, ICU, or emergency unit. Some of the key benefits that mobility can provide in the future of healthcare include:

  • Demand for trauma care will fall as partially and fully autonomous vehicles become mainstream.
  • Increased access to healthcare as providers can develop better mobility networks. As a result, patients will get new options to reach existing providers.
  • More efficient supply networks with fundamental changes in the medical supply chain, thereby enabling nimble transportation networks and disrupting existing models.

This blog from Infiniti Research explores how the various changes that will unfold in the future of healthcare will benefit providers and highlights how providers and other stakeholders in the healthcare industry can position themselves in an ecosystem that is underpinned by autonomous and shared mobility.

The role of mobility in enhancing the future of healthcare

Future of healthcareReduced demand for trauma care

According to reports, in 2012 alone, the number of patients in the US visiting the emergency room due to motor vehicle accidents were over 2 million. This has resulted in millions of dollars’ worth of lifetime medical costs. As roadways in the US are being increasingly filled with autonomous vehicles, accident rates and the associated financial, social, and health burdens are expected to fall. With fewer road accidents, demand for trauma care will likely decline. In the United States, this will likely amplify the future of healthcare to shift focus on advancing overall population health and preventative care.

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Improved access to care

One of the persistent challenges for health systems is patient-no show. With the rising number of missed appointment rates in many large clinics, there is a consequent financial burden and lost efficiency for providers. Access to transportation is often a critical barrier to receiving care, especially for chronic conditions that require regular appointments. With mobility, healthcare systems or emergent players could create mobile care units that optimize health professional rounds, dispatching physicians, and nurses to remote care sites or patient homes. Furthermore, the concept of driverless vehicle enables the usage of other emergent technologies such as additive manufacturing, augmented reality, and virtual reality to create highly capable autonomous mobile care units that can carry out tasks that once took place in hospitals, such as 3D printing a custom cast for a broken bone on the spot, running tests on vitals, or holding consultations with specialists.

Optimize clinical supply chain and procurement

Mobility transformation will play a significant role in making the future of healthcare better for not only the patients but also the providers. Medical supply chains can be dangerously fragile. With increased access to cheaper, faster, and more flexible distribution channels, healthcare systems would be able to deliver clinical supplies more efficiently and at a lower cost across their provider network. Distribution networks powered by advanced technology could promise a better future of healthcare with increased speed and predictability with which goods move from suppliers to patients or providers. Companies throughout the medical supply chain should think about how mobility in the future of healthcare could impact their business models, including the potential unintended consequences.

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A Weekly Round-Up of Popular Articles on the Healthcare Market

LONDON: Infiniti Research, a leading market research services provider, has recently announced the release of their FREE downloadable series of resources based on the global healthcare market. These FREE supplements provide comprehensive insights into key healthcare industry trends, healthcare market research, and digital disruptions in the healthcare market.

With digital transformation, financial sustainability, care delivery, patient centricity, and regulatory compliance at the top of the agenda, the future looks sharp for companies in the healthcare sector. This growing healthcare market offers several new opportunities but also poses some critical risks for companies in this sector. Moreover, the healthcare market is at a tipping point which demands the need to constantly watch the market and implement effective strategies to build revenues in real time. Infiniti has helped companies in the healthcare sector including medical devices, pharma, diagnostics, and home healthcare providers to gain actionable insights into patient care, mitigate risks, and improve payment accuracy. We’ve collated some FREE downloadable resources which will give you more insights into the global healthcare market.

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#1: Why is ‘healthcare market research’ the new norm for providers? As tech giants make healthcare market entrances, traditional healthcare companies face increasing pressure to remain competitive. Healthcare providers need to prioritize on keeping pace with innovation and constantly update their systems to avoid being left behind. Therefore, healthcare companies are partnering with market research companies to gain comprehensive insights into technologies and marketing strategies adopted by their rivals. Market research helps healthcare firms to remain innovative and updated on the most profitable ways to enhance their product/service offerings. This FREE supplement from Infiniti Research highlights some of the best practices for healthcare providers to improve healthcare market research and create better patient outcomes.

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#2: What are the latest healthcare industry trends? The health care industry is evolving more rapidly than ever before. Policy changes, industry innovation, and the evolution of information are ushering providers in a new era of healthcare. Today, in this era of technology, the use of business intelligence in healthcare has become a prime necessity not only for the better utilization of patient data but also for offering the best healthcare services.

Another crucial element involved in effective healthcare management is to keep up with the changing healthcare industry trends. This can not only help healthcare industry companies to be in line with the advancement in the field of medicine, but also improve their operational and service efficiency to provide better treatment and patient care. This FREE resource provides more insights into the top 5 healthcare industry trends to expect in future.

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#3: What are the best healthcare market research strategies? With personalized healthcare plans becoming common, market research has become important for healthcare providers to become successful in today’s evolving environment. The more healthcare providers know about their target audiences, higher are their chances to create platforms and communication avenues for their products and services. Effective market research helps organizations in the healthcare market to suitably adapt to the evolving market. This FREE supplement from Infiniti Research will give you more insights on why market research is important for healthcare providers and some of the best healthcare market research strategies.

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#4: What are the digital disruptions in the healthcare sector? Digitalization has opened new opportunities and challenges for companies in the healthcare sector. In this digital era, companies that fail to introduce digital innovation in the healthcare sector would fail in their attempt to enhance patient care and experience. So, it has become crucial for healthcare providers to examine new pathways for innovation. To help you out, we’ve collated a few technology trends that would disrupt the healthcare sector in the near future.

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