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How to Cut Healthcare Costs Through Interoperability

Posted by Kayla Whitten on Oct 8, 2015 5:15:05 PM

Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by data management to the point where your workflow is being inhibited by wasted time and disarray? Between duplicate and erroneous data entry, and patient rehospitalizations from poor follow-up protocols, it can be difficult to make business and patient care work together in harmony.

The solution? Better data management through interoperability.

The healthcare market has been faced with a buzzword – interoperability. The end goal is to connect different clinical and financial healthcare IT systems, so that they can exchange and use a patient’s full medical history to cut costs and improve care quality.
But how exactly does a network of connected healthcare systems save a practice money?

When a practice achieves interoperability, they have the ability to:

Improve their workflow

  • When data is free flowing through a practice’s software systems, data is consistent throughout and duplication is reduced.
  • When a physician has access to a patient’s full medical history, patient care is not delayed by waiting on results from previous tests and diagnoses, or performing them again.
  • Avoiding data errors and having a complete patient history immediately saves time and money.

Improve patient engagement

  • There are many software tools available today that help physicians connect with patients in between appointments.
  • Engaging with and educating patients through connected patient portals or websites will help keep patients compliant with their healthcare provider’s plan.
  • This helps reduce costs associated with patient non-compliance, such as rehospitalization.

Offer a diverse variety of treatment locations

  • Through technology, caregivers can route patients to the most appropriate place to receive care.
  • If a patient utilizes home health care instead of going to a hospital for mild symptoms or general questions, hospital volume is decreased, and time and money are saved by both the patient and caregiver.

Improve chronic disease management

  • Aggregated data from both clinical and financial systems and allow physicians to analyze past and current data for populations affected by chronic diseases.
  • This degree of interoperability gives physicians the chance to pinpoint where in the line of care these chronic diseases are most costly and provide insights on how to avert these costs in the future.

Connecting multiple healthcare tools will help to aggregate and use all of the available data to identify what processes are producing insufficient results. Access to free-flowing, aggrigated data allows caregivers to continually make improvements to their practice and provide more efficient care. 

While the explosion of healthcare technology has given caregivers the ability to organize and examine healthcare data like never before, many have already invested in a set of disparate software systems, and making these systems interoperable is no easy feat.

Want more? Check out our white paper on How to Improve Interoperability in Accountable Care Organizations. 

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