THE VALUE OF EMRs
In a separate presentation, Daniel J. Marino, president of Health Directions, a consultancy in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., noted that EMRs will prove their value to hospitals as they are integrated across their physician practices. He said the true value of an EMR is for the hospital to connect with its providers and create efficiencies. “We are seeing that hospitals are using technology in such a way that it creates efficiencies. It creates value for the patient as it relates back to the hospital organization, through coordination of care,” he said.
He sees two challenges: one is interoperability, the requirement to connect sometimes hundreds of systems to the EMR, which will allow coordination of care across the physician-patient continuum; the other challenge is exchanging data in a way that is organized and that can help physicians make decisions.