By Gary Palgon, VP Healthcare Solutions, Liaison Healthcare Informatics
As part of its ongoing campaign to encourage safe behavior, the National Safety Council announced June as National Safety Month. Through this annual observance, the organization is promoting awareness for leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.
As National Safety Month wraps up, we feel it’s important to discuss the ways in which electronic data interchange (EDI) strengthens patient care. By facilitating the exchange of data between different computer systems within a hospital, EDI services ensure that all specialty areas are able to communicate effectively with one another.
For example, typically, the emergency room of a hospital doesn’t have access to data from other departments. This is problematic if a patient is discharged from the hospital after undergoing surgery and then has an emergency allergic reaction to the anesthesia. Due to these disparate systems, there’s no connection between the surgery and the patient’s allergic reaction. However, with EDI in place, emergency physicians can leverage patient data from other systems in order to diagnose and treat patients more quickly.
At Liaison, patient safety and preventative care are at the core of what we do. Our data integration and harmonization services allow providers to more easily exchange patient data with one another, so they can offer comprehensive care. With this wider view of patient data, ultimately, providers ensure that patient safety remains their top priority.
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Until next time,
For more information on the Liaison Healthcare EDI Notepad, click here.