Is your clinical workflow healthy, or could it use a diagnostic test of its own? In today’s busy healthcare world, communication and efficiency go a long way in treating patients. If any of the obstacles below find their way into your clinical workflow, it may be time to look into investing in an ECG management system.
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- Delayed Results to/from the EMR
Scanning Paper Diagnostic Test Results
Document scanning ECGs, for example, is an unfortunate reality for many hospitals. ECGs are one of the most performed diagnostic tests in a hospital. Document scanning is not ECG management. Document scanning is an inefficient use of hospital resources and impedes the clinician workflow by its delays, lack of tools for study interpretation, and easy accessibility for study retrieval. Most hospitals, because of a chronic backlog of patient records, scan documents into the EMR days after the patient is discharged. How meaningful are scanned diagnostic test results if they cannot be used to manage a patient while the patient is still in the hospital?
ECG management, by contrast, transfers the ECG from the cardiograph to the management system in seconds. Clinicians read in the management system from anywhere they access the hospital network, including their iPhones and iPads. Clinicians use electronic tools to enter interpretations, including pick-list favorites; they send confirmed results to the EMR with a single click. Those confirmed ECGs are immediately available to manage their patients.
- Lost Revenue or Delayed Billing
Does your hospital have any of these problems: delayed billing resulting in lost revenue; workflow noncompliance; understaffing/overstaffing; and/or training issues? A healthy clinical workflow can reduce revenue loss.
Software such as Analytica™ can identify costly trends in the clinical environment. You can capture the right metrics across your hospital and use them to make your clinical workflow as efficient as possible. This will equip your organization with the right tools at the right time to analyze your current processes and identify areas that need improvement. Reporting software such as this allows you to identify the cause of lost ECG revenue by using precise graphical data.
- Lacking Information and Communication Technology
Just as an irregular rhythm makes your heart run inefficiently, a workflow that lacks proper information and communication technology (ICT) also lacks efficiency. ICT in healthcare raises the quality of patient care because its platform is more patient-centered. ICT also puts information in the hands of medical professionals when they need it immediately. Here are three easy ways to make your hospital more efficient with ICT.
Bidirectional Communication for Greater Efficiency
Bidirectional communication sends information in both directions, from the EMR to the acquisition device and back. Consider the profound impact of bidirectional communication on healthcare. Bidirectional communication allows interoperability for hospitals and doctors to share patient information through different IT channels. It decreases errors and breaks down communication barriers, adding value to healthcare. On top of accelerated timing, when patient information is available anytime/anywhere, there is no need for manual data entry, thus reducing potential human errors. A good ECG management system offers customers secure, bidirectional communication of patient demographics and order information between its application and your devices (modality worklists).
Patients’ healthcare experiences are compromised when their medical information management is less than optimal. If your hospital has been postponing the addition of ICT, you’re losing time when you could be implementing changes now that will save time.
ECG management eliminates delayed information to and from your EMR and improves your workflow’s overall efficiency with bidirectional communication. ECG management is the real solution for achieving patient, physician, and staff satisfaction. If you can improve communication processes, you could cut costs while improving healthcare. More fluid communication can reduce the time it takes for nurses and doctors to do their jobs and allows doctors to provide patients timelier test results and care. To ensure that your hospital’s cardiopulmonary workflow gets a clean bill of health, consider implementing an ECG management system.