Many healthcare providers have not realized the full value of their electronic health record (EHR) systems, prompting them to put more emphasis on optimizing their investments. Healthcare leaders are focused on EHR systems as more strategic, longer-term investments, as opposed to one-time installations.
Further validating the industry’s need for optimization, a 2017 KPMG poll conducted in conjunction with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) found 38 percent of CHIME members surveyed ranked electronic medical record (EMR) optimization as their top priority for capital investment over the next three years.
As organizations seek to optimize EHRs, they need to recognize that EHRs deliver value when data can be leveraged to drive strategic decisions, improve patient care and control costs. Moreover, value can only be derived when this data can be turned into actionable insights for clinicians and business leaders alike.