Healthcare Technology Empowering Clinicians to Improve Quality Outcomes

An emerging health IT trend for 2019, healthcare organizations are tasked with finding new digital tools to help improve overall quality of care. The pressure impacts clinicians directly as they struggle with delivering the best care to their patients with distracting inefficient technology applications. As clinician engagement proves to be a key factor in an organization’s ability to improving or worsening patient satisfaction and care delivery, technology needs to make daily tasks easier for providers to help them operate more efficiently.

Healthcare organizations are cautioned to seek out EHR-integrated technology to assist overloaded providers in improving communications between each other. In order for multiple clinicians across health systems to accurately document and access a patient’s medical history, technology tools must be able to communicate with other systems to provide a complete picture of a patient’s health journey. Inefficient systems that require separate logins or applications might contribute to losing or miscommunicating important patient information — leading to costly, or even deadly, errors.

With 96 percent of hospitals in the U.S. using an EHR, it’s important that healthcare technology vendors develop tools to integrate within a health system’s existing platform to enhance their EHR functionality — while also improving clinician efficiency. Taylor Healthcare’s technology solutions integrate with EHR systems to offer digital tools, such as iMedConsent™, to enhance the capabilities of your clinical staff while contributing to improved care and outcomes.

iMedConsent™ digital content library solution, which is available as part of Taylor Healthcare’s Informed Consent electronic signature solution or as a content-only integrated solution for Epic clients, manages and maintains over 3,800 procedure-specific consent forms and over 4,400 patient education documents, including pre- and post-procedure instructions and anatomical images. Our comprehensive Advisory Board Review Process includes a team of certified medical directors and physicians reviewing each procedure-specific consent and education content to ensure that constantly-changing regulatory guidelines are met.

Incorporating technology solutions like iMedConsent™ to keep your most critical patient communications standardized and compliant for you ultimately empowers your clinical staff to focus more efforts on improving care delivery and less with the hassle of keeping these important documents up-to-date. According to a JAMA Survey, “… programs, such as the iMedConsent™ software currently used by the Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, may free up physicians to address individual patient concerns more effectively.”

Providers are relying on healthcare technology tools to provide them with the right information at the right time. As long as healthcare organizations ensure that providers have the best integrated technology they need to expand their ability to deliver more comprehensive care to patients, these organizations will begin to see huge improvements in their care and quality outcomes.

 

Digital Health Tools to Enhance Clinician Engagement

Physicians play one of the most important roles in the lives of their patients — and that’s educating them on how to navigate through their care. With the constantly rising costs of healthcare, patients not only look to their physicians for their medical expertise and care instruction, they’re starting to demand more personalized, higher quality care from their already burdened physician.

Physicians also want to be able to provide the best possible care to their patients but many, unfortunately, are often frustrated with inefficient processes and technology that tend to distract them from taking a completely personalized approach to managing their patient’s health.

Studies show that clinicians spend more than half their day on a computer handling EHR-related tasks. Although technology has been looked at in a mostly positive light in regard to increasing operational efficiency and lowering costs for healthcare organizations, inefficient technology processes have become one of the major causes of burnout among clinicians.  And with physician burnout at an all-time high, health organizations need to look for health technology tools that ease the workload on clinicians — freeing them up to offer higher quality care to the patient.

Physicians need digital health tools that work for them — tools that allow them to operate more efficiently and spend more energy on the patient. Taylor Healthcare’s suite of patient engagement technology solutions were designed to do just that.

Our iMedConsent™ digital content library solution manages and maintains over 3,800 procedure-specific consent forms and over 4,400 patient education documents, including pre- and post-procedure instructions and anatomical images. This digital health tool is available as part of our Informed Consent electronic signature solution or available as a content-only integrated solution in the AppOrchard for Epic EHR clients.

According to a JAMA Survey, “… programs, such as the iMedConsent™ software currently used by the Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, may free up physicians to address individual patient concerns more effectively.” Our team of board-certified medical directors and physicians review every single consent and education content before publishing to ensure they meet CMS informed consent and regulatory guidelines. Your physicians are able to spend more time ensuring that the patient is fully informed and comfortable with the procedure — helping contribute to increased levels of patient satisfaction.

It’s important now more than ever that healthcare organizations explore digital technology tools, like iMedConsent™, designed to help increase the productivity of your clinical staff. Enabling your staff to work more efficiently and effectively will ultimately allow them to deliver higher quality care to your patients.

Digital Connected Health Technology to Improve Patient Engagement on the Rise

As healthcare continues to become more consumer-driven in 2019, healthcare providers are challenged with finding new ways to connect with patients and improve the overall patient experience. On the other hand, patients are looking to exert more control in managing their own care journeys while seeking out providers with advanced technology tools for better patient engagement. It’s important that healthcare organizations prioritize digital technology to ensure that patients are more connected and plugged into their care.

According to a Black Book survey from Q2 2018, “90% of patients no longer feel obligated to stay with healthcare providers that don’t deliver an overall satisfactory digital experience [while] 88% of respondents under age 40 state they will choose their next medical provider based on a strong online presence.” With the cost of healthcare on the rise, healthcare organizations and providers are feeling the pressure to provide more value and a better digital experience for patients — or better recognized now as the customer.

Healthcare technology vendors like Taylor Healthcare understand this shift to healthcare consumerism and are positively changing the way patients connect with providers to engage in their own care with technology solutions like Check-In at Home.

Check-In at Home enhances patient engagement by enabling patients and providers to “connect” with each other to manage their health outside traditional hospital walls. Patients are able to complete their required forms before their care visit securely via the web or integrated within an existing patient portal in the comfort of their own home or anywhere convenient. Not only does this automated pre-registration solution improve data collection and staff efficiency for providers, this solution also increases patient satisfaction levels with reduced in-office wait times and a better digital experience for the patient.

Digital connected health tools like Check-In at Home will be essential for providers to retain patients and empower them to be more active participants in their own healthcare. Healthcare organizations that haven’t yet prioritized improving their patient connectivity with consumer-centric technology run the risk of lower satisfaction scores — and worst, losing loyal patients.