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.
Read previous articles in “Advances in Skin & Wound Care” by Cathy Thomas Hess in the link.
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Cathy is Chief Clinical Officer for WoundExpert® and Vice President at Net Health, and in addition to being the MIPS Clinical Consultant for WoundExpert. She gained over 30 years of expertise in various acute care, long-term care, sub-acute care facilities, home-health agencies, and outpatient wound care department settings. Cathy is the author of Clinical Guide to Skin and Wound Care (also translated into Italian and Portuguese) – Eighth Edition published in September of 2018.