One of the most powerful ways to enhance patient outcomes and provide a better quality of care is through creating operability across your healthcare organization. Although it’s easy to think of operability as just being about health information systems, the need for deep links and integrations goes far beyond that. True healthcare interoperability involves people, processes, systems, information, communications, and more — all supported by a drive to deliver better healthcare.
A good clinical workflow relies on having the right information, about the right patient, in the right way, at the right time. This information informs diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care and is one of the most important drivers of patient outcomes. When it comes to providing excellent healthcare, speed, accuracy, consistency, and quality are all vitally important. Here’s how that looks with true interoperability.
When you have true interoperability, smart, patient-centered decisions become much easier.
One of the main issues with interoperability is that many healthcare systems operate in silos. They use proprietary data formats and protocols to collect, store, manage, and share data. Getting multiple EHR, diagnostic, and other systems to talk to each other can be time-consuming and complex. A simple solution is often to have an overarching system that can gather information from all of these systems, and present it in a way that’s easy for clinicians to understand and act on.
Trying to get multiple systems to integrate with each other can be exponentially difficult. The more technologies that need to interact, the faster the complexity increases. Instead, a good clinical communication and collaboration (CC&C) platform can gather information from several different systems and provide “one view of the truth” to clinicians.
This functionality also empowers the other parts of your clinical workflow and healthcare interoperability — people, processes, and communications.
If you want to enhance your clinical workflows and enjoy true healthcare interoperability, then a clinical communication and collaboration platform is just the solution you need.