Today, telehealth is an important component of our healthcare delivery system. Patients expect for it to be available. In many instances telehealth it is not only easier for patients, but also can be as effective as a face-to-face visit. Patients appreciate that they don't have to drive to the their doctor's office, park, and sit in a waiting room when they are sick. It is also easier to fit a virtual visit in a busy schedule or arrange for childcare.
While Telehealth offers many benefits for patients, it creates challenges for providers. For them, virtual encounters result in fragmented health records and reduced efficiency. Providers, needing to confirm patient allergies and adverse reactions, view current medications and information from previous visits, are required to switch back and forth to their on-premises EHR to access that information. Then, following the switch to their EHR, they must then revert to their telehealth application in order to continue the virtual encounter. After doing all of that, information created during the telehealth visit, will either need to be manually re-entered or will be isolated in the telehealth application. It is an identical scenario to what was in place in the "olden days" when data created during inpatient stays was separate from data created during ambulatory visits. And as the use of telemedicine continues to grow, a greater and greater share of patient data becomes orphaned, and innovative initiatives requiring aggregated data are stalled.
With Intersect on FHIR all visits are seamlessly interoperable whether they take place in a face-to-face setting or online. Virtual encounters can proceed smoothly without providers having to switch back and forth between one system and another while searching for data. The patient record is complete whether you are viewing it in your EHR or on Intersect on FHIR. HL7 created the FHIR dataset and Congress specified that it be the requirement for Certified EHR systems in the 21st Century Cares Act for to achieve these results.
Whether the task at hand is creating quality measurements and reporting, or optimizing a value based care initiative, integrated data and interoperability are key drivers. And, for the use of advanced AI, integrated data is a mandate. Those uses-cases abound for transformational administrative and patient initiatives. Allow Intersect to discuss how you can get started with advanced predictive AI in your organization - without the need to recruit and retain scarce data scientists - all made possible through the benefit of integrated data and single patient data records.U.S. Patent Pending
Healthcare delivery is a complex process. Technology and advances in therapeutic drugs combine to create a chasm between how medicine was practiced years ago when doctors made house calls. The demands on our healthcare system continue to grow as yet more technology and more therapeutic drugs reach the market. Patients are sicker and sicker as well. In 2018, the CDC reported 51.8% of patients had at least 1 of 10 selected diagnosed chronic conditions (arthritis, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, current asthma, diabetes, hepatitis, hypertension, stroke, and weak or failing kidneys), and 27.2% of US adults had multiple chronic conditions. The financial stakes are high. When including indirect costs associated with lost economic productivity, the total cost of chronic disease in the United States reaches $3.7 trillion each year, approximately 19.6 percent of the country's gross domestic product.
In order to treat patients with chronic disease or any other complex case, providers require tools with sophisticated capabilities. Unlike most telehealth applications, Intersect on FHIR meets that requirement. With the entire FHIR data set at it's disposal, capabilities such as those made available from integrated care teams, integrated care planning, integrations with lab and radiology systems are just a few. Intersect's predictive AI capabilities separate it from anything else available.The only way to really understand how advanced Intersect is would be to see it for yourself. Contact us today to schedule a convenient demonstration time.