An electronic health record EHR: is systematic collection of electronic health information about individual patients or populations. It is a record in digital format that is capable of being shared across different health care settings or facilities. iCare allows sharing of data to occur by utilizing a secure “cloud” architecture that enables on-demand enterprise-wide information systems and other information networks or exchanges to call on real time data. EHRs include a range of data, including demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, radiology images, vital signs, personal stats like age and weight, and more..
EHR, EMR, EPR: The terms EHR, EPR (electronic patient record) and EMR (electronic medical record) are often used interchangeably, although differences between them can be defined. The EMR can, for example, be defined as the patient record created in hospitals and ambulatory environments, and which can serve as a data source for the EHR. It is important to note that an EHR is generated and maintained within an institution, such as a hospital, integrated delivery network, clinic, or physician office, to give patients, physicians and other health care providers, employers, and payers or insurers access to a patient’s medical records across facilities.
It is evident that cloud-based software is here to stay. Computer application usage is becoming a utility, similar to electricity and with computer networks having finally caught-up with computer processors, it’s easier and cheaper than ever to securely move systems to the cloud without sacrificing speed or functionality. So why is the Healthcare sector, taking the opposite approach? Hospitals are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to “upgrade” IT infrastructure in order to cash-in on government incentives and insure full Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. But, are they really upgrading?
The answer is a resounding, NO. Overspending on decades-old architecture and deploying with an “installed” or “hosted” model where the hospital or vendor maintains hardware and software is something that corporate America is simply not doing anymore. Hosted software, while it alleviates the need for the hospital to maintain the infrastructure, does not solve the fundamental problem. “Installed” and “Hosted” software is inflexible and actually creates a negative value gap.
Over time, the gap between the Electronic Health Record and the actual hospital requirements is growing and the hospital receives less and less value from the EHR investment. Think Meaningful Use, Promoting Interoperability, HIPAA, IDC-9 & 10. Changing emphasis on syndromic surveillance, contact tracing, artificial intelligence (AI), and other advanced technologies surpass the capabilities of legacy systems based on older client-server architectures. This is why applications get replaced or sunset – because they no longer meet your needs.
Cloud-based products like iCare have solved this issue by offering a fully configurable application that changes with customer needs. How? Because we give our customers the ability to change the product without costly services. This is only possible with a true cloud, multi-tenant product.
The future of medicine requires all healthcare organizations have the ability to consume and process large amounts of structured and unstructured data to personalize medicine and treatments based on individual patient characteristics. Rapid ad-hoc application development is now a necessity but traditional systems can’t accommodate such capabilities without expensive and problematic third-party applications.
Solutions from legacy EHR vendors require a significant capital investment and call for the implementation and integration of multiple IT systems that result in frustrating latency problems and limit real-time capabilities. This has been a significant challenge for healthcare providers, who work with some of the most complex and disconnected data sets of any industry.
The iCare Enterprise Cloud EHR is revolutionizing the Health IT industry with its modern architecture and fully integrated Big Data capabilities. iCare is the only EHR that links both native and disparate sources of structured and unstructured data, including genetic and biomedics feeds, and quickly presents the information visually.
iCare bridges the gap between how data is used and how healthcare is delivered with a single cloud-based solution that meets today’s Meaningful Use requirements and answers tomorrow’s complex data centric questions that will increase the value of healthcare.