In this post-EHR era, most healthcare organizations are unknowingly plagued with numerous healthcare provider data management problems. They still cannot ensure that critical information about their affiliated healthcare providers is consistently accurate and securely available to all the IT systems and personnel that use it. This is the essence of the healthcare provider information management challenge. What is this challenge, and why is it so critical to healthcare providers?
Like most data used by healthcare organizations, licensed healthcare provider data has historically been managed by numerous, fragmented and often insecure systems across the healthcare organization. While the EMR may now provide a repository for some provider data, these systems are not designed to enable ongoing management of licensed provider information or share with the full-range of IT systems and personnel that require it. This can result in many departments within a healthcare organization continuing to rely upon legacy IT systems and manual processes for access to licensed provider information that may be inaccurate. In addition, licensed provider information changes constantly and updated information may originate from various sources. As a result, it must be actively managed, verified, and readily available to all departments that require it. Optimally, a single source of truth must exist to provide accurate licensed provider information to the entire healthcare enterprise.
As healthcare organizations strive to get the most from their EMR/EHR investments and pursue strategic initiatives such as value-based care, the benefits of a merger, or meaningful use attestation, accurate healthcare provider information is a critical element for achieving these and other clinical, financial, and operational goals. We’d love to hear how the healthcare provider information management challenge has affected your healthcare organization.