The evolution of healthcare technologies has made creating a truly integrated physician workflow a more viable option. With EHR vendors incorporating more and more supplementary technologies within their platform as well as software interfaces that can establish communication between a practice's vendor-specific systems, practices may realize improvements in both productivity and patient care.
Here is a look at how to create an integrated physician workflow:
A connected EHR
At the epicenter of a seamless physician workflow is the EHR. Each practice may have a number of additional technological systems — including practice management, telemedicine, and patient-facing systems — that need to communicate with the EHR, so selecting systems that are EHR-compatible right out of the box may be a wise choice.
"The most common way to integrate practice management systems with the EHR is to purchase both components from the same vendor," says Robert Schwartz, a triple-boarded emergency physician and principal with the informatics and technology practice of The Chartis Group, a national healthcare advisory services firm. "The large EHR vendors all offer practice management modules that are integrated into the clinical platform."