#RSNA15: 3 ways ECM + VNA optimizes your health information management


Day two of #RSNA15 featured an informative set of keynote sessions, including a presentation from Jeff Immelt, chairman of the board and CEO of GE. Immelt spoke about redefining innovation in healthcare in an environment of slow growth, volatility and populism. In this era, the organizations that succeed will invest to win, accelerate productivity and move quickly.

Healthcare providers have made enormous investments in technology to improve patient care and productivity. But have they achieved their goals?

According to Immelt, the answer is no. Healthcare is complex and the answer isn’t more complexity. We need to simplify how we deliver healthcare and empower our clinicians on the front lines.

I couldn’t agree more.

Empower with connected health information management

Clinicians need to focus on what they do best. It’s our job as software vendors, IT managers and innovators to better support clinicians in providing excellent care to their patients. Because they can’t provide superior care if they can’t find what they need, when they need it.

The right enterprise content management (ECM) solution should include vendor neutral archive (VNA) capabilities. This simplifies how front line employees access patient content, empowering them to find what they need, when they need it.

Here are three ways ECM with VNA optimizes technology investments, increases productivity and improves patient care:

  1. Patient information is readily available across the organization. Clinicians access CT scans, MRIs, lab results and more from within the electronic medical record (EMR), giving better context of the patient record.
  2. It is much easier to maintain the IT infrastructure with one platform, one code base and one repository. This enables IT departments to work on new projects that have a greater impact on patient care and satisfaction, instead of administrating numerous systems.
  3. The right solution will be easy to configure and will adapt and evolve with business and clinical processes, helping you provide more timely, quality care.

This is exactly what Immelt was talking about. Using ECM with VNA capabilities improves the healthcare experience for everyone, from clinicians and IT staffers to patients.

When healthcare providers become faster and increase their transparency and access to information, the results are better care and lower costs – a win for everyone.

Kate Barney, RN, is Hyland's marketing portfolio manager for the healthcare industry.
Kate Barney

Kate Barney

Kate Barney, RN, is Hyland’s marketing portfolio manager for the healthcare industry.

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