Buiding a Better Health Information Management System in the O.R.

health information management systemEfficiently and easily managing patient records is important for any physician. However, in the operating room, it’s absolutely crucial for surgeons to have access to a health information management system that offers them a streamlined process. For this reason, synoptic reporting is a valuable resource for surgeons at every operative stage. It allows surgeons to not only provide their patients with excellent care, but it also provides many benefits to them to simplify the reporting process.

Pre-Operative Phase

During the pre-operative phase of your relationship with a patient, you need to be sure you’re gathering all of the pertinent information related to the case. That’s where the custom-built templates for patient reporting offer you a wealth of benefits. The templates ensure that you ask the patient every question you need to ask, so you don’t miss anything on your report. Synoptic reporting templates make the pre-operative phase much more efficient because you’re no longer relying on transcriptionists to provide you with finished reports and notes. The notes you take are inserted into the patient record right away, which means you’ll have easy access to them whenever you need them, and from any device that has Internet capability.

Templates also allow you to build conditionally required variables for each patient. This gives measuring patient outcome a unique and useful aspect that you have probably never experienced before with an electronic medical records system.

Operative Phase

During the operative phase, you will have the option of allowing a nurse, another physician, or another member of your medical team to complete reports in real time. Because synoptic reporting systems like Synoptec™ work with any Internet connection, it can be easily accessed on any computer or tablet. Many surgeons will commission a member of their team to complete reports for them during this phase, and when surgery is complete; all the surgeon has to do is review and sign.

Once again, the efficiency of this health information management system means that patient records are immediately available for you and your team. They’re also available and easy to share if your patient needs to follow up with another physician during the final phase.

Post-Operative Phase

Follow up care during the post-operative phase is crucial to the well-being of your patients. Because you have been able to keep such excellent patient records from the first phase through this phase, your patients will be able to access complete, updated medical record information through the Patient Portal. This means that they will take an active part in managing the post-operative phase, which research has shown to improve patient outcomes tremendously.

On your end, you will be able to email or fax any reports or documents to any physician who is partnering with you in the care of your patients without a problem. Making sure that your patients receive the proper follow-up care is easy with synoptic reporting, and you’ll find that you’re able to increase your level of care for every patient you see.

Template based, synoptic reporting has proven to be a valuable system for surgeons during every stage of a patient’s treatment. Not only does it supply you with all of the tools you need to provide excellent care for your patients, but it also supplies the patient with an easy to navigate Patient Portal that allows them to access all of their health information quickly and efficiently.