From “scavenger hunt” to data made “smart”

We find a lot of synergy with the observations and vision expressed by Dr. Donald Voltz in the article “Electronic Medical Records – Past, Present and Future” published on HITConsultant.net.  Dr. Voltz sheds light on a pain that all of our clients (even those with the most advanced medical record systems) face:

Currently, I have to look in multiple places within EMRs to gather all of the relevant pieces of information to manage a patient’s complaint or condition. This reminds me of a scavenger hunt…. Switching between different locations to gather vital sign information, review past medical history, and laboratory studies is not only manual, but data can be entered in different ways, depending on the healthcare provider who entered the information in the system.

To solve this problem, Dr. Voltz prescribes a solution in which patient data is made “smart.” He sees a future in which systems align medical professionals with data that is “collaborative, not passive … delivered to those who need it, when they need it, with all the data in one place.”

We wholeheartedly agree and are delivering on this now. QPID’s Q-Guide solution in use at Mass General Hospital is a great example. It delivers the right data at the right time into the workflow for ordering, approval, and scheduling of surgical procedures.

As described by Rajiv Leventhal in Healthcare Informatics (“An Innovative Approach to Pre-Authorization At Mass General Hospital”):

Used during the pre-operative decision making process, the application aims to help clinicians apply complex guidelines-based decision criteria to each patient’s individual profile, and generates a recommended approach and risk score.

Q-Guide uses decision-making algorithms that are driven by combining the patient’s clinical evidence with the latest guidelines and personalized risk models.  The first release of the software includes guidelines for high cost, high use and resource-intensive vascular, cardiac, and orthopedic surgical procedures.

Dr. Creagh Milford of Partners described the outcome to Leventhal: “Diminishing the number of inappropriate procedures and having a high rate of appropriateness is a phenomenal story.”

Here’s to the future … now.