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Importance of Longitudinal Patient Record

March 19, 2018

Importance of Longitudinal Patient Record

Is your healthcare entity on a common electronic health records system (EHR) across your entire organization? Many are not, which can be an impediment to providing optimal care for patients who visit healthcare providers and facilities on dissimilar EHRs.
The solution? A cloud-based enterprise content management system (ECM) that consumes print streams from various EHRs and creates longitudinal patient records, allowing for a consistent view of critical patient records across the continuum of care.
Longitudinal patient records incorporate information from over time and across systems to provide a holistic view of a patient’s medical history. This can be invaluable to healthcare providers as they determine treatment plans.

Enhancing the longitudinal patient record

A longitudinal patient record can be further enhanced by a robust ECM that also has document analysis capabilities. By analyzing the data and inserting unique bookmarks into the record – making specific reports, lab test results or pharmacy records quickly and easily accessible – the longitudinal patient record becomes as useful and focused as possible for all care providers in the organization.
By processing records through an ECM that is capable of creating longitudinal patient records, is compatible with legacy EMRs, and can insert bookmarks for relevant information, healthcare
organizations can reduce the “cognitive overload” routinely experienced by physicians when reviewing a patient’s record in the EHR itself.

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