Spurred by government incentives and the desire to improve efficiency and quality of care, health systems are adopting electronic medical records (EMRs) at an accelerating pace. However, while the benefits of using EMRs for tracking and sharing patient health information are immediately obvious, fewer providers have been able to leverage to the plethora of data afforded by electronic healthcare bookkeeping. This technology allows healthcare professionals to delve deeper into that data, identifying key areas for improvement in quality and efficiency. Such actionable measurements will enable providers to improve care while simultaneously cutting costs.
EMR data improves healthcare quality and efficiency
Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a system and methods for mining relevant data from EMRs to use for assessing and improving healthcare delivery. Using this new technology, healthcare providers can acquire and validate data from EMRs and subsequently use that information to quantitatively assess clinic performance in certain procedures or areas (e.g. by measuring outcomes or duration of stay). This data can then be used for internally assessing performance to improving quality and efficiency of care, benchmarking and comparing performance between clinics, or quantitatively assessing different management and delivery strategies.
- Data validation/assessment of quality of EMR data
- Use of EMR data for monitoring and improvement purposes
- Benchmarking of hospital performance based on EMR
- Generate quantitative, actionable data from EMR
- Real-time assessment of quality of care