The Internal Communications Between the EHR and the Portal
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For example, many hospitals on Meditech Magic previously published Policies and Procedures via Mox, but as more and more Meditech clients are upgrading to 6.0 and beyond, the removal of Mox has left them with a need for electronic Policy Management. Particularly with so many hospitals reevaluating their EHR vendor and making changes, intranets are used extensively to support project management and implementation of a new system by publishing FAQs and role-specific workflow how-tos as well as collaborating on project documents. In other cases, we pull EHR data into the intranet as we have for a Census Board for one CPSI client and an OR Reservation System for another.
“At first, the big government push was just to get everyone using electronic health records,” notes Ms. Rapuano. “At that point we were all trying to get our patient data into electronic form and arranging to send in prescriptions electronically, things like that, so that we could comply with the regulations. It wasn’t clear that it was improving patient care; it was more about checking off a box for the quality program requirements. A lot of doctors referred to this as ‘meaningless use.’ ”
In the future, physicians will demand a flexible, adaptable, integrated EHR that prioritizes both internal and external operability
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