Many hospitals in Australasia have recently installed an Electronic Medical Record system (EMR). The primary goal of the EMR is to provide hospitals with a central clinical record that replaces traditional paper-based and stand-alone electronic systems. There is an expectation that monolithic EMR hospital systems will satisfy an incredibly broad set of specialist requirements.
With limited money able to be invested in health IT and exasperated by the Covid-19 crisis, a large proportion of the health IT budget is being invested into expensive EMRs which alone, are not where the highest level of patient care and value is to be found.
EMR’s can only fully meet current and future expectations when they work in concert with world-leading clinical specialty software.
All hospitals have the same underlying functions that are well addressed by modern EMRs. However, it’s only when software fully supports practitioners and addresses the unique patient-serving requirements of individual departments, can significant additional value and patient care be delivered. Gynaecology is one example of a clinical service department that has many unique elements that cannot be effectively addressed by any EMR alone.
Despite accelerating advancements, poorly chosen technology plays a big part in clinical departments falling short on delivering efficient, gold-standard healthcare. Increased compliance reporting and patient expectations stretch monolithic EMR functionality, meaning it struggles to provide an optimum solution for the diverse clinical specialties within the hospital.
Best clinical care is difficult to achieve with monolithic ‘all-in-one’ systems.
While EMR vendors promise flexibility within their systems, in reality, these generic solutions don’t handle increasing complexity at a viable cost. Monolithic EMR systems have a reputation amongst clinicians as being counterintuitive and inefficient. Why?
EMRs prioritise stability but not agility. Even the smallest change requires the scrutiny of a committee and then it’s added to a long list of priorities. Weeks of development, testing and debugging follow to make sure that the smallest enhancement doesn’t inadvertently affect some distant part of the EMR. This limits the EMRs ability to evolve quickly, and as a result, department level changes are very costly and implemented too slowly to provide the best return on investment. It’s for these reasons new EMR’s provide a foundation on which to add agile specialist software.
it’s only when combined with Clinical Specialty software do hospital EMRs achieve the optimum hospital solution.
Specialist clinicians’ needs are complex. The solution that optimally satisfies these needs requires an iterative, evolutionary process that employs a tight feedback loop between the users and the developers.
EMR vendors understand that the optimum clinical solution can only be delivered via an efficient patient-focused system that clinicians love using. All leading EMRs now provide powerful interfaces that allow their EMR to work in concert with new-generation clinical specialty software.
This powerful API-based integration means that EMRs ‘talk’ to clinical specialty software. For very little cost, departments now have a ‘multi-tool’ system matched perfectly to the specific needs of the clinicians, administrative staff, management, and external stakeholders within each specialty.
Today, the best solution for all hospitals is in a reliable, well-supported EMR working in concert with world-leading clinical specialty software, effortlessly liberating time and enabling the highest possible level of consistent patient care within each individual department.
Specialty clinical software is intuitive, user-focused, flexible, dependable and scalable.
No longer just the silos of information they once were, modern specialty software is designed in consultation with world-leading specialists to work in concert with the hospital EMR, and with other internal and external clinical specialty systems as required.
When combined with Clinical Specialty software, EMR’s become the foundation and platform for the optimum hospital solution that meets clinicians’ expectations. Importantly, significant cost savings can also be achieved when both EMR and specialist clinical software are installed and integrated.
In Part II of this article, we will explain how a world-leading Gynaecology solution works in conjunction with either existing or future EMRs to provide optimum gold-standard patient care through increased efficiency and clinical safety.