Over the past 30 years, hospitals and health systems have made sizeable investments in the deployment of electronic medical records (EMR) systems. Driven by revenue capture, compliance demands and transactional interdepartmental communications, earlier implementations largely preserved existing operational processes, while more recent deployments have focused on the clinical process implications. The desire to demonstrate meaningful use has heightened adoption and clinical utilization; however, opportunities for further optimization across disparate hospital systems and processes still remain. Today, healthcare enterprises seek new ways to realize value beyond their EMR investments by identifying strategic IT initiatives that will contribute to measurable business objectives and care outcomes.
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