“If the rate of electronic health record adoption continues at its current pace, all hospitals in the country should have adopted EHRs [electronic health record systems} in the next four years, according to a new study. Researchers found that 80.5% of hospitals surveyed had at least a basic EHR in place.But when it comes to advanced EHR functions, the picture isn’t so rosy, with critical access hospitals in particular struggling to adopt features beyond basic EHR functionality. According to data from the American Hospital Association Information Technology Supplement survey from 2008 to 2015, just over a third of hospitals surveyed had at least eight of 10 EHR functions that involve using data for performance management, and under half had at least eight of 10 patient engagement functions.”
The preceding quote from the article entitled “Rural hospitals struggle to adopt advanced EHR functions” by Rachel Z. Arndt in the August 24, 2017, issue of Modern Healthcare highlights the difficulty of small and specialty hospitals “to adopt features beyond basic EHR functionality.” No doubt this difficulty arises from the dual genesis of added cost and information technology (IT) complexity. However, an IT solution compliant with the Cloud Healthcare Appliance Real-Time Solution as a Service reference architecture (CHARTSaaS RA) would enable healthcare provider subject matter experts (SMEs) to automate processes with minimal cost and complexity, and little or no dependence on the provider’s IT staff or system resources. CHARTSaaS-built apps would operate as systems of engagement with professional providers and their patients to leverage the on-premise legacy systems of record referred to as electronic health record (EHR) or hospital information systems (HIS) using secure intelligent interoperability. Furthermore, they would facilitate automation such problematic and error-prone use cases as differential diagnosis and treatment planning, and alarm/alert fatigue mitigation. Since such apps would be easily modifiable, they would facilitate both compliance with the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission that govern continuous process improvement and accrual of medical knowledge in a digitally based operational mode.
Please validate these CHARTSaaS RA-related propositions to your own satisfaction by reading the white paper at http://bit.ly/2vmK1Rx, viewing the tutorials posted on YouTube (http://bit.ly/2sVajvS and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5OtbCCDNLs) and also by reviewing the details of CHARTSaaS™ and the CHARTSaaS RA™ in these presentations:
Healthcare providers will benefit significantly from appreciating and then applying a CHARTSaaS RA-compliant IT solution. To do so will mitigate medical mistakes (currently the third leading cause of patient deaths. per Makaray and Daniel (http://bit.ly/1rtW6Sa); thereby minimizing patient adverse events and optimizing clinical case outcomes while maximizing the cost-effectiveness of care and treatment, and also accelerating the accrual and facilitating the application of medical knowledge.