Important Facts about EMRs & Care Coordination

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.

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