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Technology Teams Building Bridges to Bring Clinical Care and Patients Together

Posted by Stephen Hart on April 3, 2018

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Every healthcare CIO has been there -- asked to deliver 400 high-value projects when they are staffed to deliver 150.  Even with this challenge facing them every day, healthcare technology teams are finding ways to bring more and more solutions to enable clinicians to do what they do best - provide care.

 When we created Point of Care Decision Support (PCDS), we knew the challenges healthcare CIOs and their teams are constantly facing.  That is why we designed PCDS solutions with an interoperability capability that would support technology teams as much as it supports the clinician who provide care in real-time to their patients.  With that in mind, PCDS concentrated on three points to make this lofty goal a reality:

  • Focus on seamless data sharing, leveraging technology capabilities already in place.  We take the burden off our client technology teams and put it on PCDS solutions to make it happen.
  • Integration with PCDS provides clinicians with the precise data they need for patient treatment at the point of care
  • Flexibility created by PCDS configuration options minimizes workflow changes with existing systems and processes

 Critical Considerations

 Based on years of experience inside healthcare, healthcare IT and transforming data, the PCDS team relied of five specific tenants as the foundation of our solutions: 

  1. EMRs remain the system of record for consolidated data integrity.  There can be only one central, golden record for a patient to maintain data integrity.  We have found that central location to most often be the EMR, and we designed interoperability based on that foundational principle.  
  2. PCDS sifts through existing patient data for the exact information needed by the clinician optimizing data presentation for patient specific treatment and care plans.  PCDS is prepared to dynamically interact with systems, accept data on a broad basis, and sort through it all to secure the precise data needed for clinicians to effectively and expeditiously treat their patients.
  3. PCDS sends only delta change data back to the system of record. We know the lineage of where the data came from and any data elements updated by clinicians in patient encounters is sent back to the system of record.
  4. EMR specific API’s.  EMRs have their own value-added benefits to enable data sharing.  We work with some EMRs, such as Allscripts, for tight and seamless integration which enables the clinician to launch PCDS from within Chart Viewer.  With other EMRs we work closely with their published API’s to initiate data sharing from the EMR and returning updated data to the system of record.
  5. Leverage HL7/FIHR and existing clinical import/export file capabilities. We recognize that many healthcare organizations have purchased or developed their own export/import capabilities, processes, tools and frameworks to manage data interoperability with clinical systems. 

PCDS has multiple solutions to take existing data transformation approaches into our data management tools for effective selection of the specific data clinicians need, without burdening our client technology teams with the process of narrowing data sets for PCDS solutions.  We leverage what our clients have in place today to secure the data needed by the clinician, and share treatment results back though data management channels already in place.

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Enabling clinicians to provide the highest quality care and treatment options to patients is the core of our mission at PCDS.  However, we take seriously the responsibility of already overburdened technology teams to implement and manage these solutions.  It is with that stark reality in mind that we have engineered so many alternatives for data sharing within PCDS solutions. 

What are some of the challenges your team is facing in regards to clinical decision support integration with your EMR system?  Let us know in the comments below. 

Topics: Interoperability, Development, Industry Insight

PCDS believes that the complexity of patient care can be captured in a clear and meaningful way, enabling informed decision-making throughout the coordination and management of care.  We believe that connecting the point of care team with actionable information promotes patient engagement, analytic approaches to best practices, and system-supported collaborative efforts that are vital to patient safety, ambulatory service, and value across diverse health systems.

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