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Extract and the Chinese Parable

Extract and the Chinese Parable

There is a Chinese parable about the farmer who had a horse. One day, the horse ran off. That was bad. A couple days later, the horse came back and brought with it three wild horses. That was good.

Innovation in Transplant – You’ve come a long way baby!

Innovation in Transplant – You’ve come a long way baby!

Earlier this month, Dr. Thomas Starzl, the father of organ transplantation, died at the age of 90. In reading an article about all that he did to ultimately discover what was needed to successfully transplant organs, one cannot help but to be awed by the uncertainty and risk that he needed to “work around” in order to make progress. 

Discovering the Cure for Non-Interfaced Lab Results

Discovering the Cure for Non-Interfaced Lab Results

Aurora sought a way to pull paper results into their lab interface in order to eliminate paper-based results completely while removing the slow and laborious, manual data-entry process. At first, Aurora scanned documents into the EMR, requiring providers to open up scanned documents to view results; but what providers really wanted was to have discrete, trendable lab results in one central location.

Universal Interface for Non-Interfaced Labs

Universal Interface for Non-Interfaced Labs

Non-interfaced data in healthcare is the “bane” of all clinical and administrative staff.  If data is not interfaced, it’s not in the fields of the EMR, not in flow sheets, reports, trend analysis, etc.  It causes more work for it to be moved, stored, and made accessible in EMR as scanned documents or otherwise.  It makes continuation of care and quality of care much, much harder.

Staying "Classy" with Automated Document Handling

Staying "Classy" with Automated Document Handling

If you've read prior HealthyData blogs such as this one, then you know that we're doing some pretty "classy" things when it comes to handling your incoming documents. This includes putting those documents into the correct section of the EMR chart with nothing more than a quick once-over. This is something we're very excited about and are quite confident that it will change the way document handling is viewed by your organization.

5 Tips to Boost Productivity in the Lab

5 Tips to Boost Productivity in the Lab

Let’s be honest. We could all use an extra hour in the day. Or two… or three… or even just 30 minutes!

In working with labs we have found one of the biggest pain points is the inability to find the time to scan or fax in lab results and manually enter the data into the EMR. This is an enormous issue, considering if these results aren’t entered into the EMR quickly and accurately, someone’s life could be in harm’s way.

We Just Need to Get Those Darn Labs Entered!

We Just Need to Get Those Darn Labs Entered!

"We just need to get those darn labs entered!"

I had an interesting conversation with a transplant director at the UNOS Transplant Management Forum. She said, "we have a great transplant management system, now we just need to get those darn labs entered!"

No lab interfaces? No problem.

No lab interfaces?  No problem.

No interface?  No problem.  Automatically capture send-out test results into your LIS. 

Unfortunately, setting up lab interfaces to every reference lab isn’t an option. This is especially true for low volume, high value esoteric labs. 

How to Navigate a Transplant System Improvement Agreement Process Blog #6: Required CMS Deliverables

How to Navigate a Transplant System Improvement Agreement Process Blog #6: Required CMS Deliverables

Today, we will continue our discussion about the System Improvement Agreement (SIA) and the various deliverables that will be required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to emerge successfully. 

Automating data capture safeguards against clinical data errors

Automating data capture safeguards against clinical data errors

Recently there was a new report that got the attention of my colleagues here at Extract Systems. The headline was “Urgent Change Needed to Improve Diagnosis in Health Care or Diagnostic Errors Will Likely Worsen.” According to this report issued by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, most people will experience at least one diagnostic error – or inaccurate or delayed diagnosis – in their lifetime. 

Transplant Evaluation Process: Before the Visit

Transplant Evaluation Process: Before the Visit

 Our next series of blogs will consider some best practices to efficiently complete the work-up process including the intake, record retrieval and initial screening, the education and evaluation visit leading up to the presentation to the multi-disciplinary team meeting and listing decision.