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Ingenuity Shows EHRs can be Pivotal in Value-Based Care

Healthcare continues the dynamic shift to value-based care, allowing the patient to become the primary focus. However, this shift creates a lot of challenges and lessons for practitioners in the process. Healthcare Innovation Group recently featured how physician groups are finding success within the transition to value-based care. We’ve summarized a few of their most prominent real-world examples of how EHRs can impact the effectiveness of this transition.

How EHRs Can Facilitate the Transition

Value-based care digs into the basics of patient care, leveraging big data to help support and improve clinical practice. However, there’s still a long way to go. Mark Caron, VP of business platforms and solutions at Capital Blue Cross Blue Shield notes, “If you would say what the maturity level is, overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, we’re probably at the midpoint…maybe at a 4 or 5. And the reason why I say that is that there’s still so much we’re connecting to, and there’s still so much information that’s latent…” Connecting data points and sharing that information is still challenging, but healthcare systems continue to innovate and rise to the occasion.

For example, Scottsdale Health Partners has seen success by utilizing technology to improve communication between EHR systems. James Whitfill, CMO notes, “We have about 62 EHRs across our network; so we’ve used Orion’s HIE solution, TigerText’s secure messaging platform, and Par80’s electronic referrals platform,” the combination of which allows for communications that are more secure and convenient. This helps reduce reordered tests, get a quick question answered, and digitize the referral process.

Francis Solano, president of Community Medicine Inc., states, “Within our EHR, we’ve developed dashboards in population health management. Very few doctors have an idea of their performance within each chronic disease. So about six or seven years ago, we started ranking our doctors on certain quality measures. But now we’ve developed dashboards.” CMI developed and refined its population health management dashboard within the EHR, providing an immediate view of which patients have disease factors in common as well as treatment efficacy, providing instant access to sub-populations for more specialized treatment.

EHRs can play a critical role in facilitating the transition to value-based care, with a bit of innovative thinking and a lot of commitment. By partnering with high-quality EHR vendors like Exscribe EHR, you can open the door to innovation in your practice.  Request a demo today to discover our value-based care software solutions. Find the full article from Healthcare Innovation Group here.