Patient data is one of the key components of medical care. The data can include a history of medications and diagnoses, immunizations, drug reactions, previous treatments, etc. This information enables providers to understand better a patient’s condition and how best to treat them. Patients’ records can also help doctors know what types of medications to avoid, enabling them to make informed decisions. But patient data spread across disparate systems poses a major problem for clinicians. Meditech integration solutions help break these barriers to facilitate better patient care.
Meditech software solutions help healthcare organizations draw patients’ medical information from several sources and EMR systems. Doing so allows providers to have a complete picture of their patient’s health and do their jobs better.
How does Meditech EHR Integration help?
Easy accessibility to patients’ medical data is vital for care and prevents redundant tests and scans. But it is not uncommon for gaps to exist in the data of many patients. This could be because they moved around the country multiple times and have their information stored across different systems throughout different times. Or it could also be because of problems with data entry at a provider’s office. Furthermore, it could also be because of variations in their coverages due to changes in their employment.
Gaps in medical data could mean that providers will not have an important piece of information while making a treatment decision. Needless to point out, this could result in adverse consequences for the patient. This is especially true in the case of chronic diseases. Technical barriers like varying data formats of different custom healthcare software solutions made by multiple companies make it harder for clinicians to access patient data from different sources. This is where Meditech systems can make a huge difference for providers and patients.
Meditech systems’ integrated healthcare solutions make sure that all the necessary information about patients flows into the workflows at the point of care. In other words, a patient going to see a specialist after a referral from a provider can have all the medical data from the provider’s systems, along with the latest test reports. This will give the specialist a full picture of the patient’s health without having to order additional tests or scans that might be redundant. This saves both time and money. Meditech integrated solutions also enables the patient to access their health data through a smartphone application securely from any location.
Meditech Software Solutions test case scenario
A five-year-old child’s annual health check-up is coming up, and his parents are notified about it on their phones. The boy’s mother uses Meditech’s application to confirm his appointment for the check-up.
During the routine examination, the provider notices an unusually low heart rate. Subsequently, the doctor orders an ECG test and notices anomalies in the electrocardiogram. Following this report, the doctor referred the boy to a cardiologist over the Meditech EHR.
Later, the boy’s parents take him to the cardiologist for a consultation, and thanks to Meditech EHR integration, his medical records are easily accessible at the cardiologist’s end. Thanks to this Meditech integration, the cardiologist’s office will have the complete medical records of the boy, including the ones from the referring doctor. The cardiologist orders additional tests on his EHR to a local hospital to ascertain the boy’s medical condition. The local hospital receives this cardiologist’s prescriptions and schedules an appointment.
The boy arrives with his parents at the local hospital, where the staff has his complete health records ready. They notice his immunizations and mild reactions to certain substances. Once these tests are done, the cardiologist reviews them to realize that the boy has a heart condition that requires a pacemaker. Subsequently, the boy is scheduled to be admitted for surgery, where all the prerequisite tests are conducted, and the results uploaded to his medical records.
The surgery is successful, and the boy receives the pacemaker, letting him lead a better life. Routine post-op tests are conducted to verify that the pacemaker is functioning as intended. Subsequently, the doctor who initially noticed a lower heart rate can also view the boy’s complete results, from the cardiologist’s prescriptions to the post-op tests and discharge from the hospital. Furthermore, the boy’s parents can view his medical records on their smartphone application.
The boy’s pacemaker readings can also be viewed on a remote health monitoring system at the provider’s and cardiologist’s sides. His medical vitals can then be viewed regularly, and if the need arises, a consultation can be scheduled with specialists using advanced telehealth solutions.
In this hypothetical scenario, the boy’s medical information could move seamlessly from the EHR to the EHR of different organizations. Beginning from the EHR of the practice management platform at one doctor’s practice, it was accessible to the cardiologist’s clinic and the local hospital. This ease of data flow is made possible through Meditech integration solutions and software systems. It enables vital medical information to be available at the point of care to help providers serve patients better.
Benefits of Meditech Integration
1. Improved Patient Care
This is the most obvious advantage of using the Meditech interface at hospitals and clinics. Providers can act faster, and organizations can communicate a patient’s condition faster. This allows a faster response for serious conditions, resulting in better outcomes in the long run for all patients.
2. Lowered Cost of Care
Redundant tests are among the main reasons for increased care costs, especially for people with chronic conditions. Studies estimate that they cost billions of dollars each year. But with Meditech integration, a person’s medical data will be available easily at the point of care, removing the need for repetitive tests or scans. This helps lower the cost of care for many patients.
3. Data Integrity
The lack of suitable interoperability measures can result in portions of patients’ clinical information getting lost or corrupted. Varying data formats and standards among different medical records software or the involvement of legacy systems can often lead to incomplete data being received at the point of care. But the Meditech interface solves this problem by facilitating seamless system data flow.
The ease of data access will be a growing hurdle for providers, given the expected explosion of data. This growth in data can be attributed to the increase in the use of personal medical devices and commercially available wearables. In light of this, Meditech integration solutions can go a long way in lowering the barriers to adopting newer technologies by easing the management and exchange of clinical data.
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Written by Riken Shah linkedin
Riken's work motto is to help healthcare providers use technological advancements to make healthcare easily accessible to all stakeholders, from providers to patients. Under his leadership and guidance, OSP Labs has successfully developed over 600 customized software solutions for 200+ healthcare clients across continents.