Over the years, the emergence of electronic medical records has resulted in a dramatic increase in the level of care that physicians are able to offer to their patients. In addition to streamlining the patient encounter, electronic medical records have almost entirely transformed and improved the efficiency of almost every medical practice and hospital in the country.
Even so, there are still improvements that can be made, and one of those improvements is implementing a strategy that will allow you to correctly measure and track medical outcomes. Whether you are a physician, or you are the administrator of a hospital or other medical facility, it is vital for you to measure and track the medical outcomes for your patients for a variety of reasons.
The Ability to Further Enhance Patient Care
While EMR has and continues to implement strategies that vastly improve the level of care that physicians are able to offer to their patients, measuring and tracking medical outcomes is imperative to ensuring that the various steps in a patient’s treatment plan remains on schedule. For example, in synoptic reporting, alerts are generated, based on the patient’s individual needs, to remind physicians of those steps. Reports are automatically entered into the patient’s medical chart, providing attending medical professionals with the information they need to treat the patient appropriately.
The Ability to Support the Follow-Up Care Team
One of the issues many follow-up medical care teams have dealt with in the past is the inability to obtain the proper medical information that is needed to provide excellent treatment for the patient. In instances where transcription services are used, there is generally a delay in the availability of patient reports, either because it takes time for the reports to be completed, or because of mistakes that have been made that need to be corrected before the report can be made available.
In addition, when reports lack the important information that the follow-up care team needs, it’s often necessary to return to the referring physician to obtain the proper information. With synoptic reporting, these issues are resolved immediately because reports are completed using a template, which includes all of the required medical information for each patient. Reports are completed, and immediately inserted into the patient record. At that time, they are available to access or to distribute by any member of the medical team.
The Ability to Refine Procedures
Measuring and tracking outcomes for individual patients gives physicians and researchers the information they need to collaborate on treatment procedures as a whole. As a physician, you have undoubtedly spent countless numbers of hours going over and reevaluating the treatment plans of patients who have had similar illnesses or surgeries to determine how you can refine your practices and procedures. In synoptic reporting, these outcomes are measured and tracked for you, giving you the information you need, and allowing you to immediately improve the level of care you offer to your patients. Because the data is searchable, you are able to find any information you need immediately, without having to sift through a number of reports. This saves you time, and improves the level of efficiency for your entire practice or facility.
Synoptic reporting is an excellent tool for tracking and measuring medical outcomes because of the streamlined approach to reports, ease of use, and quick implementation features.