Three Surprise Benefits of CVIS-EMR Interoperability

2017-05-04
 

A Cardiologist Enjoys Data Portability with CVIS InteroperabilityQuality cardiovascular care requires robust interoperability between the CVIS and EMR. In a value-based paradigm, it’s vital that patient information be freely available throughout the health system. Storing patient data in the EMR — automatically and in real time, preferably– means cardiologists have access to a broader view of patient health, and physicians in other departments can draw on cardiology data.

When the CVIS and EMR are fully interoperable, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The following benefits are just a few examples of how interoperability and integration improve processes and patient experience.

1. Improved Access for Referring Physicians

Interoperability between a CVIS and EMR allows physicians to launch CVIS images and reports directly from the EMR. This is a far more efficient process than pulling data from disparate sources (and possibly missing extant data because it’s unavailable from a specific point of access).

Essentially, interoperability with the EMR establishes a single point of truth for the primary care physician and specialty care. There’s no need to reconcile different data sources and make updates in multiple places.

2. Reinforced Patient Safety

With a fully integrated CVIS, data entered once at the point of care is distributed across the enterprise to be used by the entire care team. This makes it easier to treat a patient, rather than treat a single episode or crisis.

Physicians can refer to the patient’s entire medical history to inform decisions and help guide diagnosis. Not only do they have access to scans and medical history, they can also see access notes from other physicians in the EMR, enhancing communication to help improve quality of care. This access to data includes previous scans ordered and their results, helping eliminate redundant imaging.

3. Time Saved in Documentation

Few would say that a cardiologist’s chief purpose in a health system is to fill out reports. We all understand their time is better spent in practice, not data entry. Full interoperability ensures that the data needed to complete reports is at the physician’s fingertips, not locked in one proprietary system or another. Compared to the old, siloed way of storing information, an integrated, interoperable CVIS can help reduce the amount of time spent entering and manipulating data.

Health care is evolving as health systems adopt value-based initiatives. To address the need for more patient-centered care while still controlling costs, health systems are turning to technology to enhance communication. With a CVIS that is fully interoperable with the EMR, cardiovascular patient care has the potential to be more efficient, more patient-centered, and more holistic.

To learn more about how McKesson Cardiology™ solutions can help foster interoperability, request a demo or join us at Heart Rhythm 2017, Booth 2800.

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