Electronic Medical Record
One of the greatest challenges facing family members of long-term care residents is staying informed about the care their loved ones are receiving. Caregivers are committed to enhancing care, yet with a lack of communication, family members may jump to an erroneous, negative conclusion and relationships between them and LTC providers become strained.
Providers attending McKnight's free Jan. 28 webcast, "From paper to paperless: An EMR success story," will learn how workflow can be transformed virtually overnight.
Physicians and treatment centers receive little for disease prevention and much for heroic efforts to treat problems that are often preventable or at least have lower costs and better outcomes when seen and managed earlier in their development.
When Michael Mutterer became vice president of senior services at Riverside Medical Center in Illinois in 2011, his first priority was introducing clinical electronic medical record technology in its post-acute facilities. Mutterer wanted a rapid implementation at Riverside, which he described as "progressive."
Many senior care providers are implementing Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems in their efforts to improve care and reduce costs. This is increasingly a necessity, as EMRs can help prevent harmful drug interactions, track assessments and monitor clinical outcomes. However, EMR downtime is a tremendous challenge. Communicating consistent instructions to staff during the recovery should be the easiest part of the recovery process.
Long-term care administrators and nurses are under pressure to train staff to assess and document skin conditions to keep patients out of the hospital.
Information technology today has become sophisticated and complex. With many long-term care facilities now facing looming mandates to adopt electronic medical records, security and reliability of hardware is a paramount concern. Careful infrastructure planning and hardware acquisition will help meet these challenges.
As the government strives to limit rehospitalizations, one nursing home and a couple of hospitals in New York City are staying ahead of the pack.
The federal push to create electronic health records must include post-acute providers, such as skilled nursing facilities.