What role does the EHR play in facilitating collaboration among providers?

Patients who are elderly, who have chronic or complex conditions, or who need specialty treatment for a one-time medical event will typically see multiple physicians. These patients may need laboratory tests, x-rays, and perhaps even stays in a healthcare facility. Coordinating this care for the highest quality outcomes for the patient requires collaboration among the healthcare providers.

Waiting for phone calls or faxes can be time-consuming and possibly even dangerous for the patient’s condition. When care is not collaborated, errors of omission or duplication can also be dangerous for the patient. Collaborating in real-time can not only save time and money but can also significantly improve the outcome for the patient.

For those patients with chronic diseases, in particular, treatment “involves changing lifestyles and navigating a complex web of treatments. Different health care professionals with different skills in different locations will need to collaborate to provide a cohesive care team.”

Electronic health records (EHRs) can play a pivotal role in facilitating that collaboration among the multiple healthcare providers treating a patient. Physicians who have access to a patient’s EHR can immediately review the patient’s medical history, lab results, and other relevant information.

Elation’s Collaborative Health Record (CHR) closes the care gaps for multiple healthcare providers treating the same patient. The CHR decreases duplicative testing and enables providers to avoid medication errors with uninterrupted communication. The timely sharing of patient information helps ensure that care is as efficient as effective as possible.

Providers can automatically share updates directly from the Clinical EHR. Other providers are immediately notified so they can take action based on the most up-to-date clinical information. In addition, each physician has visibility into the patient’s complete care record for more accurate reporting on clinical quality measures and compliance for value-based reimbursement.

With the CHR’s intuitive search bar, it is easy to make sure the problem list, medications, lab results, and notes are always kept current. Ensuring that medical information is up to date and accurate, using an EHR to collaborate, can dramatically improve the outcomes for the patient.