Think of technology integration as the thread that ties all the elements of your home health agency together. From keeping track of patient appointments to informing long-term care strategies, interoperable technology weaves different colors to create a stunning tapestry of high quality care and patient satisfaction.
Let’s take a closer look at the ways technology integration is essential in home health care:
Enables comprehensive patient support
Though all the individuals your agency sees may be supported by homecare, each is following his or her own unique health journey. Technology integration enables your clinicians and staff to have a comprehensive understanding of these individual stories.
Integrating your agency’s EMR with detailed patient profiles and analytics functions allows clinicians to view not just which health conditions a patient is facing, but how their health has changed over time. By having access to these insights, they can develop more targeted strategies for managing long-term illnesses and can make personalized recommendations for preventative care. And when the EMR is interoperable with the systems of hospitals, primary care practices and specialists, home health agencies can have a more accurate understanding of a patient’s overall health journey.
Expands the reach of care
An important key to providing care is enabling patients to have easy and convenient access to health information. One important way to do this is through patient portals, which, when integrated with the larger EMR and clinical databases, can be vital touch points of interaction. Through these portals, patients can view their appointment schedules, read care recommendations from clinicians and access their medical histories.
But technology integration also expands beyond patient portals to have exciting applications in telehealth. Video conferencing, streaming technology and other advancements can make it possible for home health providers to reach patients in rural or isolated communities.
By bringing together disparate systems, technology integration streamlines workflows, reducing costs and improving the efficiency of care. When all systems work in tandem with total readability and accessibility, staff and clinicians spend less time searching for the right data and more time developing care strategies. Technology integration also supports home care agencies to join Accountable Care Organizations, enabling the easy exchange of data and empowering these agencies to become able players in the modern healthcare landscape.
Personalized patient support, enlarged scope of care and streamlined workflows – these are three important reasons why technology integration is essential in home health care. Thornberry’s NDoc software was developed with interoperability front and center – contact us and learn more about how our EMR can support your agency.