June 1, 2021 3 mins read

Data interoperability: Benefits of EHR


‘EHR interoperability’ refers to any technology that facilitates the secure exchange of electronic health information within two EHR healthcare systems without any extra effort on the user’s behalf. Healthcare software allows authorized access, exchange, and management of all electronically accessible health data under appropriate laws. The two fundamental elements to be ensured are – the ability to transport data securely and interpret & apply it usefully.

The objective of EHR interoperability is to create a health-centric nation for all individuals, and functionalities such as liquidity and portability of health information digitally across any channel. Below are the top five benefits of the same:

Secures Patients’ Health Data
Healthcare data is extremely private and sensitive, and hence, it’s vital to ensure its privacy. The Electronic Health Records (EHR) data is highly encrypted to provide the same with strict authorized access rules and monitoring. Regular audits are also conducted to suspect potential data breaches. Moreover, the EMR systems (Electronic Medical Records) facilitate interoperability, allowing fetching and updating data from a single source, eliminating the need to input redundant data and reduce touch points. The fewer the number of iterations and people involved, the lesser the chances of compromising data confidentiality.

Benefits of Healthcare Research
The data collected is very useful in research, study, and deriving trends. Interoperability allows researchers to retrieve data from EMR healthcare under proper legal compliance for conducting investigations, such as developing medicine, reviewing a particular treatment method’s effectiveness, etc. It enables the world to advance its healthcare industry and save more and more lives.

Enhances Staff Productivity
The digital shift to EMR systems has aided productivity by reducing redundant data inputs, speeding document processing, easing the process of fetching data from EMR healthcare databases, reducing search time, and facilitating updating records. It also removes the scope of errors, iterations and allows the staff to exchange and process the data with minimum paperwork.

Minimizes Operational Costs
As discussed above, increased staff productivity proportionally decreases operational costs involved in iterations and damage control. Adopting Electronic Health records and EHR interoperability would render more effective and active patient care by eliminating unnecessary or unsuitable testing and unnecessary procedures and enable more patients to access healthcare.

Better Healthcare Experience for Patients
Since healthcare software shifts the manual paperwork onto a digital ledger, patients will not have to fill multiple manual documents at different counters. All the information about the patient’s medical status will be in his/her medical resume, and all the previous medical treatments, conditions, and relevant data will be stored in the EMR systems. Hence, the staff will be able to fetch the data instantaneously and provide a quicker, more efficient, and hassle-free experience to the patients.

With the world adopting technology at a faster pace, the trust around sharing and storing data in a digital format is also increasing. EHR interoperability not only benefits patients by giving the best care; it also enables providers to minimize their overhead costs, allowing them to widen healthcare access to more patients and boost revenue.

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