The president and CEO of Cordata Healthcare, Gary Winzenread, recently outlined seven facts that he believes clinicians and hospital staff must know to best utilize EMRs for care coordination:
- EMR care coordination has limited capabilities.
- EMRs were not originally designed for the purpose of care coordination.
- Different data and features are required for chronic care and outpatient coordination.
- Accreditation needs more care coordination than just meaningful use compliance.
- Care coordination will be essential in future centers of excellence.
- Data sharing and interoperability are crucial for clinical outcomes.
- Data sharing and interoperability are the greatest challenges of care coordination with EHRs.
The bottom line is that EMRs need to play a major role in care coordination, especially when it comes to data sharing and integration.
These findings were published on Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review on March 23, 2016.