A valuable part of a clinician’s training includes the effective identification and careful documentation of all the elements impacting a patient's well-being. Thorough documentation is essential to ensure accurate and timely clinical care. Although electronic health records (EHRs) hold many great opportunities to capture essential details in electronic form, patients could be at risk if all elements of their medical records are not compiled and analyzed. With 990.8 million reported visits to physician offices in 2015 , odds are that precious information could slip off the radar of even the most dutiful clinical staff.
The importance of Nature AND Nurture in healthcare
For this reason, providers must adopt a successful population management strategy that considers all elements of a patient’s record, including the estimated 70% of the record that exists as unstructured notes. Structured data is excellent for documenting patient information that ensures a hospital runs effectively but not as efficient for capturing imperative clinical concerns during a patient’s 20-minute encounter with a physician.
Although the concept of nature vs. nurture has been well-documented for centuries, providers are just now realizing the critical importance of social determinants:
- Does a patient live alone?
- Do they utilize a walking cane?
- Are they on a fixed-income?
Identifying before protecting: Using I2E to help vulnerable populations
Undoubtedly, EHRs contain a wealth of information to identify patients requiring special attention, such as those with: