ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS AS A GPS FOR HEALTHCARE

Credit by Iman Ghosh


As patients are bombarded with more choice and information than ever, the burdened health system seems to lack the appropriate support to manage increasing demands for personalized and convenient care.


This report will demonstrate how electronic health records are an important piece in the puzzle to improve experiences for patients and providers alike.


As it stands, the current healthcare industry faces several challenges. Patients today have more complex needs and wants, while physicians are struggling to keep up.


  • 25% of Americans have multiple chronic conditions.

  • 63% of patients forget to adhere to medications.

  • 40% of doctors feel that their work pace is chaotic.

  • 60% of doctors feel that visits are too short to treat patients effectively.

Adding to these challenges, the healthcare industry is grappling with significant amounts of technological change, while also trying to keep costs in check. Between 2015 and 2017, hospitals lost $6.8 billion in operating income – that’s an average decline of nearly 40% in just two years.


Enter electronic health records (EHRs) – platforms used to conveniently store a patient’s health information and offer all sorts of services, from scheduling appointments and consultations to identifying patients at risk and guiding care decisions.


As technology progresses to incorporate artificial intelligence and big data into healthcare, the point of care for patients will likely extend beyond the four walls of a doctor’s office and out into the world. In other words, EHR systems act like a GPS, helping doctors and care teams navigate patient care more efficiently.


Thinking Beyond EHR Systems


Capturing real world data and patient-reported outcomes will be important for wider applications, towards:

  • A deeper understanding of patient journeys

  • Informing clinical trial design and execution

  • Better characterizing patient demographics

  • Evaluating treatment options for sub-populations

In the future, healthcare and pharma companies could potentially use EHRs as one part of an entire suite of solutions to improve their workflow – and extend the point of care everywhere.


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