How can you use Healthcare Technology to Improve Interdisciplinary Care, leading to better patient outcomes?

The recent focus in healthcare has been on how technology can enhance access and communication between clinicians and patients. However, the same principles apply for interdisciplinary or integrated clinical care teams too! ‍️‍️A tech tool or software platform that facilitates free-flowing communication between clinicians could have immense benefits. There are some use cases that allow healthcare technology to improve interdisciplinary care, which can impact patient engagement, experience, and organizational profitability.

If you’ve ever worked in a clinic, think about all those instances where getting hold of lab values or imaging from other organizations felt like an obstacle course? Imagine instead having a shared portal where we could drop our notes into it and referring clinicians could do the same with their treatment notes or imaging studies. ️

No waiting around for days to get a fax nor sending reports; we would receive everything instantly! ️This significantly improves decision-making across the continuum of care while also enhancing access and communication within the treatment team. In essence, this hopefully leads us towards improved clinical outcomes in due course – thanks to technology!




Utilizing Technology for Enhanced Communication in Healthcare

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, one question continues to surface: how can healthcare technology be used to improve communication and collaboration among healthcare providers leading to better patient outcomes or clinical outcomes? I have been discussing this topic a lot recently. The focus has often been on what technology can do to enhance access and communication between clinicians and their patients. However, it’s equally crucial within interdisciplinary or integrated clinical care teams, leveraging healthcare technology to improve interdisciplinary care.


Tech Tools for Seamless Communication

The implementation of specific tech tools or software platforms holds great promise in enhancing the flow of information among medical professionals. In my experience from outpatient private practice, we frequently encounter situations where we receive referrals but lack critical information such as lab values, imaging results, etc., needed for effective treatment planning.

A commonly faced issue with obtaining this necessary information is navigating through ROI snafus when dealing with another organization. This process could significantly benefit from a technological solution that simplifies sharing essential data across different entities involved in patient care.


A Shared Portal: A Potential Solution?

Consider implementing an accessible platform or portal shared amongst healthcare providers as part of the solution. We’ve had instances at our clinic where a referral came with a QR code linked to shared Electronic Medical Records (EMR). This shared portal becomes an interactive space where various clinicians involved could contribute their notes about treatments given or diagnostic studies performed on the same patient.

This system eliminates waiting periods associated with faxing reports back and forth – every team member updates and accesses all necessary details instantaneously!


Better Decision-Making For Better Outcomes

Solutions like these support decision-making processes across the continuum of care by enabling quicker access to complete patient data sets within treatment teams.This not only saves valuable time but also ensures each provider has comprehensive understanding towards managing patients’ health conditions effectively.

The ultimate goal here is leveraging advanced technology solutions for improved interprofessional communication which will hopefully lead us towards better clinical outcomes over time- making quality healthcare more efficient one step at a time!


How have you implemented healthcare technology to improve patient experience?


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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show and the author of Better Outcomes: A Guide to Humanizing Healthcare. His career trajectory includes 12+ years of experience in healthcare management, clinical operations, programmatic development, marketing & business development. He even spent some time as an Assistant Professor in a Graduate Program of Occupational Therapy and has served on numerous boards and regulatory committees. He has worked on projects ranging from patient engagement initiatives to marketing communication campaigns to a multi million dollar project assisting the State of Georgia's Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities transition individuals out of state institutions to community residences. His work on Telehealth has been discussed in Forbes.

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