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Data quality a part of patient care

Rachel Wheeler Archive
The rapid exchange of information between departments is becoming a key focus area for organizations in the healthcare industry.

Hospitals and other patient-care facilities are commonly asked to securely share information across numerous departments. Patients seeking cancer treatment may see their primary care physician, a radiologist, a specialist and more all within a few short weeks. Incomplete or inaccurate information can lead to delays that can affect everything from insurance payments to a patient's treatment.

The growing need for ensuring accurate data across departments has made organizing, compiling and analysing customer records a priority. Increased focus on data quality has lead to a culture aimed at reducing the delays between visits. This has reduced customer wait time and helped many hospitals create more efficient means of communication.

The increased speed and accuracy in which hospitals share patient information, have streamlined procedures in one of the more complicated and integrated industries. Capturing data for electronic medical records has created business intelligence that is supported throughout the organization. This has allowed  employees to continually innovate solutions to complicated problems at a pace that is changing the healthcare industry.