Identifying and Resolving Past Mistakes
Many hospitals find themselves in the position of having large numbers of duplicate medical records. Cleaning up duplicates is required prior to considering a new EHR implementation. If you think your hospital may have a problem, and you lack the time or the resources to clean these up, let Atlanticon help.
We evaluate each hospital’s needs and chart out a plan that works for the organization. Using a wide range of data points Atlanticon will evaluate patient records to identify potential duplicates. Working with hospital leadership we will establish guidelines for safe merging of electronic records in primary and downstream systems.
The Cost of Inaction
Consider the true cost of allowing duplicates to remain in your hospital. Here are just some of the negative impacts to your organization:
- Registrar Time – when a Registrar doesn’t recognize that the patient has been here before, valuable time is wasted re-entering information instead of validating past information.
- Patient Perception – when patients have to provide information a second time, their perception is that you don’t recognize/value them as a past client.
- Unnecessary Tests – if you don’t know that the patient was here before, you may repeat costly tests.
- Patient Care – the most costly is the potential impact to patient care. Clinicians need to solve puzzles to diagnose every patient. If they don’t have access to past records, they are missing vital information. Medications, allergies, prior test results, baseline studies – all are invisible if they can’t view all available records.
The cost of one duplicate may be too much!