Managing enterprise-class EHR software requires considerable resources from the hospital that takes focus and financial resources away from what hospitals do best. Care for patients.
The iCare “Big Data” warehouse exceeds the reporting capacity and capabilities of conventional EHR systems and provides enhanced functionality for forward thinking, problem solving customers.
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 30 year-old architecture and deploying with an installed model where the hospital maintains its own hardware and software is something that corporate America is simply not doing much of anymore. One could argue, by going from paper-based processes to electronic records this is an upgrade. And that is true. However, until the emergence of iCare, hospitals have had nowhere to turn.
It is clear that the very reason the U.S. Government introduced these incentives is because America's healthcare facilities are well behind other countries as it relates to technology and electronic patient records. iCare believes that incentivizing facilities to become reliant on installed software is not going to fix the problem. In fact, this dependence will make the problem worse. What happens when the incentives go away and these very same facilities, who are running on paper thin margins, stop receiving meaningful use funds? All the while their IT costs remain the same. This inevitably creates a negative value gap for customers.