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24th Annual UNOS Transplant Management Forum: One More for the Books

24th Annual UNOS Transplant Management Forum: One More for the Books

Once again I had the pleasure of attending the 24th Annual UNOS Transplant Management Forum for my 4th time earlier this year.  As always, it was a flurry of learning, knowledge-sharing, networking, and well-deserved awards for leaders in the industry.

It was as apparent this time as it was every time before, that the transplant community is a close-knit group who all struggle with similar things regardless of their geographical location. These struggles span across many areas, including financial, staffing, regulatory requirements, lack of organs, information technology, reporting, managing the constant deluge of paper, and many more.  While I can't claim that Extract can help with all of these, there are two specific struggles that we excel at fixing: extracting discrete results from faxed external lab results and intelligently splitting, classifying, and filing large documents (such as referral packets) into patients' charts.

Part five of a seven part blog series about EMR - lab results interoperability.

Part five of a seven part blog series about EMR - lab results interoperability.

In my previous post, the fourth in a series of seven blog posts that discuss some of the misconceptions about lab interfaces and intelligent clinical data extraction software, I addressed the belief that if a hospital has an in-house laboratory, all test results will be integrated with the patient record in the EMR.

Deduplication spoken here: Deduplicating external lab results with clinical data capture software

Deduplication spoken here: Deduplicating external lab results with clinical data capture software

Lab tests are one of the highest volume activities in healthcare that inform between 70 - 80% of all clinical decisions. Keeping pace with the high volume of lab results that are so vital to patient care can at times be overwhelming.

No lab interfaces? No problem.

No lab interfaces? No problem.

If you’re responsible for managing the process or technology for relaying test results from reference labs to ordering physicians, you’re probably familiar with the difficulty of handling non-interfaced clinical lab results even if you’re not familiar with the term “non-interfaced.” 

Outreach Workshop Part 2: Setting up Remote Facilities

Outreach Workshop Part 2: Setting up Remote Facilities

As we discussed in our first outreach blog, step one is to establish a relationship with a provider or a network of providers through education or other interactions.  Once you’ve created this relationship, you will want to capitalize on the potential additional volume for your program and institution, as well as be able to continue to provide the outstanding service your program is known for.  In order to do this, you must be able to make working with you seamless and easy, without increasing the actual or perceived burden to the organization’s patients. 

Does your new EHR mean more data entry?

Does your new EHR mean more data entry?

Transplant care teams have enough challenges managing patient information arriving from outside their institution. It's already a full workload entering primary data from the transplant evaluation process. It's a never ending process of data entry for solid organ programs. EHR adoption is adding to that already heavy workload and is creating the need to enter more discrete data. Ask yourself: isn't it enough that your solid organ transplant teams sift through a large number of non-electronic patient details from their originating healthcare institution?

Interoperability, yes, but with truly accurate data

Interoperability, yes, but with truly accurate data

Interoperability, yes, but with truly accurate data

A mid-Atlantic hospital’s transplant program recently went live with Epic Phoenix to better track pre and post-transplant patients. Prior to the Epic implementation, all patient data was maintained manually on paper flowsheets.