Establishing a return on investment for electronic medical records has been a source of ongoing debate, with conflicting studies casting doubt on reported gains since the genesis of the technology. However, a recent survey by The Advisory Board and HIMSS analytics may begin to resolve the discussion by demonstrating considerable and consistent benefits among organizations with more advanced EMR systems, including widely realized gains in CV quality.
Advanced EMRs deliver CV quality, efficiency benefits
As physician acquisitions have accelerated in recent years, many hospitals have found themselves faced with a previously unfamiliar problem, the need to integrate data from across multiple organizations. A recent article in Cardiovascular Business profiles Atlanta’s Piedmont Heart Institute and the hurdles they faced as they worked to find an effective and efficient method of data management after merging with three physician practices.
Merging data at center of physician-hospital IT integration challenges