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EHRs for home health and hospice, part 1: Where we are

MatrixCare recently assembled a group of experts for a discussion on smart EHRs. In this three-part blog series, we recap what makes an EHR smart, how the technology has evolved over the years, and what specific opportunities next-generation EHRs offer to meet the future needs of home health and hospice providers.

How we got here: A brief history of EHRs for home health and hospice

What do we mean when we talk about a “smart EHR?” What distinguishes it from the electronic health record systems that came before?

In an analogy to Web 3.0, the development of the EHR can be compared to a brief history of the Internet in its earliest days.

The websites of that period were very static in nature—product catalogs, and simple information. Then we moved to Web 2.0, when popups, JavaScripts, chat messaging, blogs, and cookies were born.

From there came Web 3.0, where it’s far more personalized. Type a question in Google and it knows exactly what you’re trying to search for, and the very next question you’re going to ask.

That same smart technology and personalized service are what’s driving the smart EHR. It’s a solution that goes beyond functional to one that anticipates and solves some of the more pressing challenges users face on a daily basis.

Game changers: How RPM and AI are transforming EHRs for home health and hospice

With its potential to collect and manage new levels of patient data, remote patient monitoring (RPM) has been a game changer for both healthcare in general and EHR specifically. The ability of RPM to use and integrate data that allows us to monitor healthcare and extend our reach into the home is a particularly key point for the industry.

The many ways in which that data can be put to use—for providers, for patients, for clinicians—could represent an even bigger sea of change in the use of EHRs.

With true integration, computing can move from crunching data to driving implications of the data that it’s processing. With this class of artificial intelligence (or machine learning), millions of records are starting to use multiple variables that study the data, mine the data, and provide actionable insights.

Get the best of EHR in home health and hospice with MatrixCare

For home health and hospice EHRs, the age of artificial intelligence is on the horizon, and the implications for improved care and outcomes are clear. But there’s still more work to be done to integrate this tool.

Ready to learn more about how MatrixCare is leading the way in next-generation EHRs for home health and hospice?

Schedule a demo today.

The original recorded webinar that inspired this blog is available and free to the public at MatrixCare.com.


Bob Anderson
Bob Anderson

Bob Anderson is Vice President of Sales, Home and Hospice Division for MatrixCare. Anderson joined MatrixCare in 2019 as Senior Director, Business Development. He brings over 30 years of technology sales and business development experience, including 20 years in the out-of-hospital market, providing a comprehensive view and deep understanding of the post-acute care market. Prior to joining MatrixCare, Anderson held leadership and sales executive roles with NetHealth, Brightree, NetSmart, and American TeleCare.


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