You can still streamline communication and improve collaboration, even when your systems don’t connect. Here are four ways to translate your data into better outcomes:
1. Move away from manual data entry: When systems do not connect, nurses often print and re-enter information manually. This takes considerable time, slows down workflows and runs the risk of error. Luckily, you don’t have to invest in a new electronic health record (EHR) to connect all of your disparate locations and networks. Enlist easy-to-implement solutions like intelligent forms. They will automatically populate important health information tied directly to the patient — wherever he or she goes within your system.
2. Convert paper into digital information: No matter which technologies you employ, information stored on paper simply does not connect to anyone or anything. Paper is also bulky and difficult to store. And because paper information is less secure than its digital counterparts, it can be mishandled or lost by clinicians. Use an advanced scan and capture solution to integrate important paper forms directly into your EHR.
3. Enable remote access to information: Health systems today provide care to the same patients across multiple locations. Many employ nurses who work remotely. Wherever your healthcare employees are, they need access to data. A sync-and-share solution puts folders and files at your fingertips regardless of your location, while helping to maintain security and compliance.