Four ways real-time data can improve medical reporting

Real-time data from medical reporting can impact the efficiency and accuracy of medical reporting, which translates into better patient care and better public health. Here are 4 ways in which real-time EHR data can improve the efficiency and accuracy of medical reporting.

1. Reduced likelihood of error

Documenting in real time reduces the likelihood of transcription errors. If a clinician is expected to remember vitals or is supposed to transcribe them from a paper note to an electronic system, the likelihood of inaccurate data increases due to human error. For this reason, having electronic systems readily accessible during patient intake is essential. If the electronic health system can accurately capture patient vital information and results, then human errors can be reduced.

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2. Active monitoring of early detectable medical measures

For many real-time systems, there are built in alert systems for EHR data that is outside suggested parameters. These real-time alerts can greatly improve patient care and the healthcare provider’s clinical judgement and communication.

For example, if a patient is being seen in a home health setting and vitals are continuously monitored, then real-time capture of vital information can help ensure patient safety and optimal patient care. If a temperature, blood pressure or other vital sign is outside normal parameters or is trending in a negative manner, then the EHR system can provide an alert. This can trigger the clinician to contact the physician or to determine if further testing is needed. Without real-time functionality, a potentially serious condition or infection may lead to a more serious development of sepsis or wound infection.

3. Improved public reporting and surveillance

Real-time documenting allows public health information to be shared across the country. Public health can be tracked for like diagnoses, specific geographical locations, and even specific age populations. By reporting de-identified medical information to public health reporting systems, organizations can make recommendations for best practices and appropriate care plans.

From this information, public health services can be improved and funding more appropriately allocated. Additionally, organizations can better address the needs of specific patient populations, such as needed immunizations and screenings as well as medication management needs.

4. Increased communication between providers

By logging data in real-time interoperable EHR systems, clinicians have up-to-date information on lab tests, imaging studies, and medication prescribing. healthcare providers across specialties and disciplines can therefore access and share the most up-to-date information about a shared patient, so they can make important health decisions more quickly.

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Amy Vant

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Amy Vant is a doctor of physical therapy and clinical director for an outpatient physical therapy clinic in the United States. She has experience utilizing and implementing many forms of medical documentation through various healthcare practice venues. Amy enjoys writing about healthcare administration strategies, including electronic health record systems.

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Amy Vant