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Automatically capturing results from external labs allows Aurora to accomplish several critical organizational objectives.

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Aurora Health Care saw the value of incorporating external lab results into the EHR by transitioning from scanned results to the manual data-entry of outpatient lab results as discrete, structured data in EPIC. These results were reviewed with 100% quality control to ensure accuracy and although this process provided access to structured data in the EHR it was extremely demanding.

Physicians were seeing external lab results in a meaningful and useful way that allowed them to track and trend results to improve care, but Aurora sought to decrease manual entry time and improve efficiency. Aurora discovered Extract Systems and added their automated data capture solution to the workflow to automatically capture lab values, ranges, patient demographics, and seamlessly move that data to the EHR.

Automatically capturing results from external labs allows Aurora to accomplish several critical organizational objectives:

  • Improve efficiency and physician satisfaction with the EMR
  • Decrease turnaround time for external lab values in the EHR
  • Eliminate the risk of duplicate test orders
  • Assure quality of entered lab results
  • Meet care quality measures
 

ABOUT THE EXPERT:

Carol Weishar, MBA, RHIA

Over 38 experience in medical record management.  Her experience includes transitioning from a paper to an electronic medical record including adopting technological advances such as OCR scanning recognition, Voice Recognition and scanning into the medical record daily workflow. Carol has been working Electronic Medical Records since 1999.

Carol began working with Physician Practices in 1989 at Milwaukee Medical Clinic (MMC).  MMC merged with two other large physician practices to become Advanced Healthcare in 1998.  Advanced Healthcare joined Aurora Health Care in 2008.

Carol has been involved in a number of professional organizations including AHIMA, WHIMA and NACHRI.  She has also spoken at both local and national meetings regarding EMR related technologies.