If you are a healthcare professional, then you and your organization are caught between the horns of compliance and improving the patient experience. With the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) now in full effect, the days of lax enforcement are over. First-time penalties or violations can reach up to $250,000. The transition to EMR/EHR use, along with all of the systems and equipment upgrading that entails, will be done and done well – or else. Penalties can also extend to your organization’s business associates.
While jumping through regulatory hoops, providers still need to deliver superior care to patients. That means more accurate diagnoses, more time per patient visits, improved access to information, and other quality of experience services either directly or indirectly tied to a smoothly operating IT infrastructure.
Fortunately, two infrastructure updates make all of the above possible: migration to the cloud and systems virtualization. Depending on the specifics, these improvements may intersect, or they may deeply overlap. No matter what, their benefits are irrefutable. Cloud-based services can improve lab order entry, pharmacy records management, medical billing, imaging service requests, and more.
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