Last week, I went to see a presentation on the importance of an enterprise data foundation to drive analytical change in healthcare. It made me think about two articles I read recently:
The first article covered Dr. Frank Opekla's testimony in front of congress on behalf of The American College of Surgeons and American Medical Association. He discussed the possibility of shifting from merit-based incentive payments for EHR use to encouraging a broader use of sources that extend beyond the EHR. His key point was that the focus on EHRs alone is too narrow when in advancing care information there are many more sources to consider.
In addition, the EHR should be a key data source and a consumer of analytics, but not serve as the enterprise data and analytics foundation. Dr. Opekla concluded with “There is so much more we can do for quality and for lowering costs by leveraging digital information. “We have to stop thinking of EHRs and think beyond them.”