Despite efforts to improve ongoing healthcare management, there remains a disconnect between solutions and requirements, which is hindering the ability of many organizations to optimize the delivery of complex care.
As Erin Head, director of health information management and quality at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Fla., writes in Hospital EMR and EHR:
“The continuity of care document was created with the objective of standardizing a single document that could be sent to the next care provider. … So why does The Joint Commission still require so many other documents in the chart if we are able to summarize the care well enough for the next provider with one document?”
Without a resolution in sight, organizations must be proactive in identifying and implementing technology that can help simplify efforts to streamline care coordination.
“I don’t believe there will be a time in the near future when everyone agrees on a standardized record set therefore documentation will continue to evolve with each requirement that comes along. In the meantime, we must ensure the minimum necessary information is shared for continuity of care in a concise and effective manner.”