Against the backdrop of a global health crisis, news that the U.S. federal government published its Final Rule on Interoperability likely went unnoticed to many delivery system leaders outside of healthcare IT. However, the federal mandate marks a very important milestone in U.S. patient health: mandating secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information.
Virtual care delivery offers much more than social distancing and convenience; it allows organizations to “meet the patient where they are” and overcome barriers to care such as lack of transportation and rural isolation.
From a technology perspective, the evolution of COVID-19 has turned out to be a sort of proving ground for the concepts discussed in those January focus groups. Rather than being pushed to the back burner, efforts to achieve connected care through data optimization are ever more critical.
Pharmacies pay close attention to how pharmacy workflow is structured to meet multiple demands for properly dispensing medication. It takes time, focus, and effort, and manual processes not only decrease productivity but leave room for error.
The problem with data quality goes beyond data entry errors. Patient data erodes at an estimated rate of 3% per month. It’s in a continual state of flux as individuals change jobs, phones, addresses and even their names (marriages and divorces). And you have to reach them, before they will come.