Unstructured Data in Electronic Health Record Systems: Challenges and Solutions

As healthcare organizations implement electronic health record (EHR) systems to meet the requirements of Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, many are not taking into consideration the need to treat EHRs as part of a well-thought-out enterprise content management (ECM) system.

This is because EHRs certified by the HITECH Act deal primarily with structured data. But healthcare organizations need to bring in a tremendous amount of unstructured data to complete the “patient narrative.”

To shed some light on the issue of healthcare data capture, in the context of enterprise content management, DATAMARK has released a new white paper, “Unstructured Data in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems: Challenges and Solutions."

The paper emphasizes the fact that no one technology solution exists “out of the box” to corral unstructured and structured data into an EHR system. As most healthcare IT pros know, these kind of projects typically require the assistance of consultants with experience and expertise in the fields of ECM, electronic document management systems and business process analysis and re-engineering.

 

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