Widespread EHR use in the health care sector comes with new challenges in terms of data entry and management. As EHR technologies and processes have evolved, many organizations have run into a situation where varied policies and procedures surrounding data entry has led to major quality issues. Poor data quality undermines an agency’s ability to use data to support patient care, overarching business goals, and regulatory compliance. Home health EHR systems that promote high levels of data quality can prove invaluable in helping home health providers maximize the value of the information they are creating and gathering on a day-to-day basis.

Data quality and health care
Data quality has long been an issue in the health care sector, but it is a growing issue as organizations become more dependent on information as part of everyday operations. A study from NEJM Analyst found that, when asked about the most useful data sources in the health care sector, 95% of respondents put clinical data in their top three. Cost data (56%) and claims data (45%) rounded out the list.

With clinical data becoming so important in supporting health care operations, organizations must work to make sure that information is accurate and delivered to the right people in a timely fashion. The study found that 51% of those polled said they run into data interoperability challenges within their operations. All told, the research indicates that the health care industry is moving beyond a place where professionals are disillusioned about data, but they do still believe improvements need to be made.

Improving data quality in care settings
A lack of clear, consistent policies that align with everyday practices is a major problem when it comes to health care data quality, a Health IT Analytics report explained. Essentially, haphazard data management and governance policies that were in place when many care providers were using paper-based records have become even more problematic in the digital age, something that makes governance and quality assurance critical.

One way to overcome this problem is to build data quality processes into everyday operations for a wide range of employees. The Harvard Business Review explained that data quality shouldn’t be siloed to those in analytics departments, but should instead be treated as a shared responsibility across the business. In many cases, the organizations that find the most success with data quality are the ones who drive excellence at the source of information. Employees who make sure data is correct while they’re getting the job done are often best positioned to provide that quality check because they are interacting with the information and using it actively. The key is to provide employees with the access they need to make these data updates.

Driving data quality in Home Health EHR Systems
Quality assurance is critical in home health settings, where multiple stakeholders will interact with EHRs and rely on clinical and billing information. As such, solutions that integrate information across disciplines are especially important. Home health EHR systems that smoothly move data between teams empower agencies to get all stakeholders involved in data quality to improve accuracy and governance.

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We know that it’s not enough to conduct annual or even quarterly reviews of your data. Data integrity should be built into clinical processes and performed on an ongoing basis. When documentation and processes/systems work together, everyone benefits. All information is aligned, legible, complete, and congruent. Care is coordinated and communicated across disciplines in a timely manner, enabling staff to have the information they need to review notes, make care decisions, bill, and more.

firstHOMECARE, brings everyone together under one system, facilitating faster workflows and better care coordination while accelerating reimbursement, meeting compliance requirements, and minimizing risk.With an intuitive point of care solution featuring our innovative CAREpliance™ technology, clinicians can conduct assessments, establish the plan of care, and complete visits with ease while ensuring compliance with CMS documentation requirements.

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