It’s common knowledge that the healthcare industry believes in the improvement of care quality through enhanced patient and clinical engagement. By increasing patient engagement, then better patient outcomes can be established. There’s already an extensive list of healthcare providers that have adopted the new electronic health records in the last year, and this is a result of financial incentives offered as part of the EHR Incentive Programs.
These financial incentives are not just handed out to any healthcare provider, but health professionals need to be proving that they are increasing patient engagement by recommending their patients to use the patient portals. This gives more agency to patients over their health, yet there are questions being raised as to whether this patient feedback should be uploaded directly into EHR systems, thus giving them even more control.
68% of clinical trials from leading healthcare companies use patient-reported outcomes, according to Cutting Edge Information. In addition, 90% of small pharmaceuticals that undertake clinical trials have started to utilise patient-generated data and include it into their EHR systems.
In order to be a successful feature of health IT, features such as process automation and usable interfaces need to be included on EHRs. Furthermore, patient-reported outcomes data needs to be relevant to the clinical trials that it will be used for, this to decrease the number of potential risks experienced by patients and providers using this system. Ultimately, as the health IT industry grows, healthcare providers are going to see more patient-reported information utilised across the sector.
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