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readily available when a patient arrives for surgery greatly lowers the chance of the case being delayed or canceled. The single point-of-care approach strengthens relationships between sur- gery centers and the referring physi- cian’s office. A single-click process allows referring surgeons to easily transmit patient records, documents and images directly from their prac- tice management system at the time of booking. By providing affiliated surgeons with a convenient and quick means of referring cases to a facility, surgery centers are likely to see an in- crease in case volumes resulting from higher referral rates. Perhaps the biggest benefit of a sin- gle point-of-care approach is the excel- lence in patient care it supports. Patients don’t have to undergo the frustration of

inputting redundant data multiple times. Furthermore, because physician office staff and surgery center staff spend less time on manual data entry and chasing paper documentation, they are able to spend more time on what matters most: patient care.

How to Begin So how do you get started? The first step is to get your surgeons on board. This should not be difficult as deploy- ing a universal information exchange engine will make it easier and more ef- ficient for them to communicate with your facility. The technology is easy to use and, most importantly, surgeons can use their existing PPM system. With your surgeons on board, identi- fying a software vendor that provides a universal information exchange engine

is your next step. Universal information exchange engines have improved sig- nificantly over the years. You will want a web-based solution as it does not re- quire the use of an interface. The solu- tion should be extremely flexible and allow for seamless integration between the physician’s system and your facili- ty’s system. Make sure that the provider offers a secure, encrypted portal. With the right solution in place, implementing a single point-of-care process that connects key stakeholders should be a simple and highly reward- ing process.

Kevin McDonald is senior vice president of sales for SourceMedical Solutions in Birmingham, Alabama, He can be reached at kevin.mcdonald@



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