There may be no area more open to benefitting from FHIR’s potential than population health management (PHM) … as Wellcentive’s Director of Software Development Phillip Burgher points out in his blog on the subject.
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“Because accurate alerts require a complete and precise longitudinal chart, EMRs simply do not have the data to offer that functionality,” he said. “Tools used for population health management should inherently offer such a complete longitudinal chart. The difficulty in this instance for providers is one of workflow specifically, having to use two separate tools. Furthermore, having to leave the EMR, log in to a separate application, search for a patient again, and adjust one’s mindset to a completely new screen layout is difficult, and makes an already cumbersome EMR process even more onerous.”