Integration and interoperability within EHR systems is a key point of concern in healthcare today, and with good reason. By enabling a safe and easy exchange of data across the care continuum, interoperability empowers caregivers to provide better care with timelier access to key resident information. It also improves clinical workflows by helping to ensure that everything works smoothly together.
Interoperability also improves ease of use for clinicians and caregivers, who should enjoy intuitive and continuous access to the info they need to provide the best possible care. And because integration and interoperability are key to ensuring compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), it’s important for organizations to get a clear understanding of their EHR partner’s approach.
For instance, does the EHR system integrate seamlessly with other major tools and vendors? Does it provide real-time visibility into key processes? Does the provider help clients not only monitor and track data, but understand it in a way that helps drive efficiency, improve outcomes and promote resident satisfaction and retention? Do they provide regular reports to help track the key performance indicators (KPIs) that drive those improvements?