Reporting and statistics are necessary to ensure we’re achieving our top potential, both personally and professionally. As professionals, we use various tools daily to assess performance, stay on track, and make educated decisions about the future. The ability to track and trend indicators is enhanced when accurate data is being documented in real time. Reports are key tools that present and illustrate your data. Once you’ve determined which reports are necessary, it’s imperative that you can trust the numbers and accuracy of the data you’re receiving.
Last time I discussed the concept of interoperability and its benefits. Today I’ll share my views on the ways interoperability benefits the stakeholders in the healthcare process.
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Healthcare records have come a long way since the first casebooks and paper charts, and it is now unthinkable that modern healthcare organizations operate without at least some form of digital record. Many organizations maintain these records with health IT systems that have become critical to healthcare management. These IT systems often lack the ability to operate together as an ecosystem, and instead act as independent silos of information. This has become an issue of broader concern, affecting the hospital, managed care sectors, and the public. Interoperability, or the idea that disparate healthcare IT systems should work together, is emerging as the key to efficient data management.
The Background Hospitals started implementing event reporting policies earlier than the 1990s, but the main focus on medical errors in the American healthcare system during the ’90s led to a surge in mandatory reporting systems. Namely, in 1991, a landmark study documented medical errors in 30,000 hospital discharges in New York.[i]
A shared service is not a new idea, but a spreading concept in healthcare, which provides benefits across the entire organization. The theory behind a shared service is identifying those functions or departments that are repeated at multiple facilities and consolidating them into one central location. It is commonplace for Information Technology (IT) and Human Resources (HR) to be centralized, not only because of the benefits, because it is acknowledged as the most effective way to execute these areas of service.