Improving the Accessibility of Patient Care Through Integration of the Hospital and Radiation Oncology Electronic Health Records. Journal Article


Authors: Solanki, AA; Surucu, M; Bajaj, A; Kaczmarz, B; Martin, B; Price, J; Perino, C; McCoo, T; Payonk, G; Roeske, JC; Small, W
Article Title: Improving the Accessibility of Patient Care Through Integration of the Hospital and Radiation Oncology Electronic Health Records.
Abstract: PURPOSE: Radiation therapy (RT)-specific aspects of a patient's cancer care commonly are documented and scheduled through a radiation oncology electronic health record (rEHR). However, patients who receive RT also receive multidisciplinary care from providers who use the hospital EHR (hEHR). We created an electronic interface to integrate our hEHR and rEHR to improve communication of the RT aspects of care between our department and the rest of the hospital. The objective of this study was to assess the impact of rEHR and hEHR integration on the accessibility of the RT-specific aspects of patient care to providers. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We performed a preintegration and postintegration survey of 175 staff members at our academic cancer center. Respondents rated the importance and accessibility of several RT encounters and documents on a Likert scale. The Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney, ?, and Fisher's exact tests were used to compare preintegration and postintegration responses. RESULTS: There were 32 and 19 responses to the pre- and postintegration surveys, respectively. rEHR items most commonly reported to be at least moderately important were the dates of first treatment (n = 29 [91%]), last treatment (n = 29 [91%]), brachytherapy (n = 22 [69%]), radiosurgery (n = 22 [69%]), and computed tomography simulation (n = 21 [66%]). A drastic improvement was found in most items made visible in the hEHR through the interface. CONCLUSION: By integrating our hEHR and rEHR, we improved the communication of patient care between the RT department and the multidisciplinary team. Institutions should pursue and support integration of the EHRs to improve the quality of care provided to patients with cancer.
Journal Title: JCO clinical cancer informatics
Publisher: Unknown  
Date Published: 2017