As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this journal, we recognize that wound care documentation has come a long way with the implementation of specialty electronic medical records (EMRs). Today, we can enter data about the patient and corresponding wound information and provide that information in a secure fashion to collaborating healthcare professionals.
The specialty EMR’s interoperability allows collaborating physicians greater access to the patient record. Being able to download and store patient tests makes it easier to diagnose and treat the patient in a coordinated manner. E-prescribing is also widely used within the specialty EMR, allowing medications to be sent directly to pharmacies. Another important functionality of specialty EMR is clinical decision support alerts. When clinical decision support is applied effectively, it increases quality of care, enhances health outcomes, helps to avoid errors and adverse events, improves efficiency, reduces costs, and boosts provider and patient satisfaction. We can also apply a standard methodology of wound measurement and tissue analytics to assist clinicians in understanding the wound healing process.
An excerpt from an article originally published in Advances in Skin & Wound Care, written by Cathy Thomas Hess, BSN, RN, CWCN, VP and Chief Clinical Officer for Wound Care at Net Health.