Can Care at Home Succeed in the Long Term? Not Without Interoperability
Article written by Adam Wolfberg, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Current Health
Making clinical decisions when a patient isn’t in front of the clinician requires a meaningful view of the latest vitals readings, symptoms and visibility into the rest of the patient’s context and history, which lives in the electronic health record. These two points of interoperability—the patient in their home and the historical data in the EHR—are the minimum standards of interoperability for care-at-home programs.
But EHR integration is often no small feat due to the complexity and deep customization of these systems as well as the challenge of securing internal resources to execute integrations. However, tying your care-at-home platform into the EHR is critical for reducing duplicative work for providers and ensuring you have a holistic view of the patient during and after their care-at-home experience. Further, EHR integration allows health systems to maximize existing investments and reduce redundant tools and vendors.