Modern medicine collects an enormous amount of valuable data. Unfortunately the traditional method of narrative reporting, while effective at gathering information, doesn’t lend itself to easy analysis. Someone has to actually read the report and extract the relevant data, which is expensive and time-consuming. Narrative data enters the system and all a doctor has to show for their effort is a block of text.
On the other hand, electronic synoptic reports are ideal for analysis and research. Templates ensure data is collected and validated in a consistent fashion. Because the templates ask relevant questions using discreet data entry fields (radio buttons, coded drop-down options and data ranges, for example), the data is research-ready as soon as the report is complete. Electronic synoptic data is rich and ready to be manipulated, rather than simply being a record of a medical event.
Don’t let EMR data go to waste.
Modern medicine collects huge amounts of data. that is rarely leveraged to its maximum potential. Far too often, data is entered into a system where it is stored and never put to use. It can sit inside databases for years, existing solely for the purposes of record-keeping, when it holds the potential to provide detailed insight into how your practice operates. Being able to detect changes in the patients that you’re seeing and the types of cases you’re being presented with, the procedures you’re performing and trends in the outcomes of procedures can help you improve patient-care and clinic efficiency.
Built-in Analyzing tools can help.
If your synoptic reporting software supports the option, a data analysis tool can help unlock the value in your data. A built-in data analysis tool will allow for:
- easy outcome review,
- trend analysis,
- visualising data,
- fine tuning of reports, and
- exporting data.
Easy outcome review.
A good built-in data analysis tool allows for quick and easy review of a practice’s outcomes. The Analyzer module in Synoptec™ can pull data from your reports and display specific metrics or comparisons. Use your data analysis tool (or contact us about switching to Synoptec if your software doesn’t feature an analyzer) to discover the effectiveness of breast conservation surgeries for breast cancer, for example. The level of detail about outcomes that clinics can study using the analyzer tool is impressive as well.
In addition to patient outcomes, analyzing data collected by synoptic reporting can give you insight into trends within your practice. For example, surgeons may notice that they’re performing more breast-conservation surgeries than previously, or discover that the number of candidates for breast-conservation surgery has been trending upwards. You can identify common procedures, common means of detecting a tumour, Studying your practice’s trend will help you better determine how to anticipate workload and allocate resources.
Visualise your data.
Occasionally the enormity of the data collected can be overwhelming, making it difficult to comprehend the implications of the information you’ve gathered. Being able to visualise data is essential to making your data useful for your practice. You’ll want to ensure that your data displays in a meaningful way, and is usable at a glance. Being able to focus on a specific slice of data is useful as well, so a degree of interactivity (such as identifying specific dates and numbers) is important as well.
Fine tune reports without needing another degree.
There are many reasons for using a built-in data analysis tool, but it has to be easy to use. Doctors need to be able to rerun reports as more data is collected, or set the system to automatically update all the relevant data sets according to your schedule. The ability to easily configuring the module to display and compare the information relevant to your individual practice’s needs is also requisite.
While your EMR software should be capable of ad hoc reporting, you may be more comfortable using other tools like Excel. Being able to export data to the tool of your choice is an absolute must for any medical reporting software.
These are just a few of the benefits of having an analyzing tool built directly into your synoptic EMR software. Your charts, graphs and data are at your fingertips. You’d be able to display information on a whim, educating staff and patients about patterns and trends in procedures. Unlocking your data ultimately gives you more information and can help you provide the highest-quality care to your patients possible.