If only I had a nickel for everytime someone used ‘right time’ alongside ‘right information’ in healthcare!
Despite that, I’d have to say that ‘right time’ is a very underappreciated thought- especially in healthcare.
At this point, we understand how pivotal is the role of information in healthcare transformation. We are reaching out to more patients. We are converging a significant chunk of our efforts into creating a patient-oriented system, and the provision of accessible and transparent information is becoming increasingly important. And while we have understood how to use healthcare data to a large extent, we’re yet to work on the ‘right time’ aspect of it.
The access to data is changing
From our PCs at work to the smartphones in our hands- the way we access data is changing. A few clicks can summon a number of details about our finances, fitness, and even the utilities we have been using. And almost everything is in real time. So naturally, as we progress more into a world driven by technology, ‘time’ becomes a foundational element of that world- healthcare included.
Too often in healthcare, data sources are disconnected and not readily accessible. The lack of uniform, timely access to data greatly limits healthcare’s efforts to improve quality and efficiency. It’s time to address the challenge head-on by bringing disparate sources of healthcare data from many sources into the one place it’s needed the most- right at the point of care.
Delivering information at the right time can change the way care is provided
The information gathered from multiple data sources and analyzing them can provide insights that can be groundbreaking in improving the quality of care and increasing efficiency. Now more than ever, healthcare providers need to know where they are going. Providers should have a clear vision of the gaps in care, quality, risk, and finances of the network.
Because so much is still done manually in the chaotic and ever-changing paradigm of value-based care, time is of the essence. Wasted time or inefficiencies in processes could not only impact the operations in a healthcare network but also potentially harm the patient.
Consider the current referral process for example. In a value-based care network, referral management is a critical process of delivering quality care. Today, 63% of the referring physicians are dissatisfied with the process, all due to the lack of timeliness of information. Communication between the physicians and the timely access to patient information is important for the success of any referral, and the lack of timeliness can diminish the quality of care.
How the right information at the right time can help deliver quality care
The road ahead
Your dinner will arrive in 30 minutes or a transaction of $50 has been made through your credit card- everything appears on your phone within seconds. And it’s time healthcare was made this simple. Technology is bridging gaps everywhere and prompt information is needed desperately in healthcare. For all intents and purposes, delivering timely information is a phenomenal resource for healthcare providers. We are looking at significant reduction in redundancies which cost millions and gaps that could impact lives- and this can only be addressed with the ‘right information’ at the ‘right time,’ each time!
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