2. Increased Efficiency
Presenting data to care providers in real time and in a consistent manner can boost efficiency across an entire organization. According to an IDC white paper examining data readiness and growth, the healthcare industry is projected to grow faster than any other industry.
Through 2025, IDC states, the healthcare industry will rapidly increase the amount of real-time data created and improve its data readiness immensely. With these and other healthcare analytics advancements, interoperable data would further enable providers to quickly identify the root of a patient’s problem and empower them to make faster and more informed decisions.
For example, an emergency room patient might need blood tests performed, costing the healthcare system time and money. With interoperable data across organizations, a care provider might access the patient’s health record and find they already had blood tests conducted earlier in the week. In some cases, that data would be usable, helping the patient receive more rapid care.
A seamless exchange of health data will not only cut down on the repetitive tasks physicians often perform, but also on the administrative ones, such as patient data entry. This will help reduce rates of physician burnout, greatly impacting the quality of care being delivered and leading to more cost savings and efficient workflows.
3. Enhanced Patient Security and Experience
Healthcare organizations that enter data such as protected health information into systems lacking intercommunication may find it difficult to track the various locations where it exists — a notable setback when seconds count.
And, as HealthTech reports, when employees expose PHI for the sake of convenience, such as writing the information down on paper to log at a later time, organizations lose awareness of where that data actually lives. Not only does this make for process headaches, it also makes organizations more susceptible to a breach.
The interoperability of EHRs, however, offers clinicians the ease of mind that the PHI they input is secured. When PHI is entered into an interoperable system, administrators of the system can pinpoint users, track their actions as they input data and effectively manage their access rights, securing patient data and protecting their privacy in the process.
It also has the potential to aid those receiving care by reducing or eliminating patient-facing tasks, such as filling out multiple forms or re-explaining their medical history. This could spur faster and more accurate treatment as a result.
Doing so requires time and money: “[O]rganizations must invest in technology that facilitates interoperability between internal systems and external facilities as well as revamp existing, outdated processes and infuse them with efficient intelligence and engaging encounters,” the SAP white paper states.