For a System of Care to function well, emergency medical services (EMS) must quickly respond, diagnose the patient’s condition and transport the patient to the appropriate destination within minutes. Ultimately, these patient navigation decisions and the care provided by EMS significantly impact the patient’s outcome.
When you think about cybersecurity, what comes to mind? You’re probably thinking of IT systems, computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, right? For healthcare, it requires more than that: It encompasses medical devices, too.
Initiatives underway in health information exchange at the local, regional and national levels suggest that dramatic progress toward achieving real interoperability in the US healthcare system is on the horizon.
While technology can make everyday life much more agile, sometimes it seems like IT is leaving the patient experience behind. Patients often need to repeat their medical history, or review procedures or clinical visits with their physician because of a lack of communication between electronic health record systems. You can’t blame them for feeling frustrated.
With the advent of C-CDAs and now FHIR, the ability to get discrete data elements from clinical data provides the health IT community incredible power to make things even easier for patients. We can now pursue data analysis, population health, personalized medicine and so much more.
Recently, the National Academy of Medicine released Optimizing Strategies for Clinical Decision Support that recognized several decades of work to advance clinical decision support (CDS) as means to improve healthcare quality and safety. While we’ve made good progress, tremendous opportunity for CDS still exists.