Via the Healthcare User Group (HUG), we identified that most of our community customers were investing significant time and resource into building data entry templates for their users. The content is often similar, but with no assurance that it’s comparable data, due to the different ways each customer templates and defining the way the data is captured. Which is why we’ve worked to help make things easier and to improve the quality of the information that’s recorded.
Consistent and reportable data
The aim of the project was to produce a suite of standardised national clinical data templates tailored to community users. These templates now ensure:
- ease of data entry for the clinicians/users
- that the information recorded is consistent and captured in a standardised way
- data adheres to required formats and is structured in a defined way
- fully reportable.
Patients also benefit by their information being recorded in a consistent way as it’s easier for clinicians to correctly interpret the data, and share information with different teams and organisations.
Having data that is fully reportable also means it’s easier to highlight service improvements and development. By having a standard range of clinical templates, organisations can save time and money by not having to start from scratch building their own templates, and best practice is shared between EMIS Web users.
Making it happen
The HUG has been integral to the project, determining the priority of the templates created and nominating subject matter experts to define the content of the templates on behalf of the HUG. They’ve collaborated with clinicians and our clinical implementation specialists to ensure the templates are built to meet national requirements where possible.