Just because information can be exchanged electronically doesn’t mean it can be digitally analyzed. Data needs to be structured using clear electronic standards for HIM professionals and other health IT specialists to analyze and use the data. Much of the data generated in healthcare – like progress notes and other transcribed documents – are unstructured and therefore not available for electronic analysis. But work has been done to add structure to this information and allow providers the chance to finally digitally analyze a patients’ entire health story.
“Americans would be better served by a more nimble healthcare system that is consistently reliable and that constantly, systematically, and seamlessly improves.” That’s the premise of “Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America,” published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in September.
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