SharePoint to Make Care for High-Risk Patients Less Risky
With an extension to SharePoint, the health care company has the visibility to offer proactive care for patients with chronic conditions.
SharePoint and SQL are great partners. By customizing SharePoint to integrate with an SQL database, it is possible to combine the excellent UI in SharePoint and modern pages with a structured database toolkit offering full SQL transaction processing.
SoHo’s client is a nonprofit integrated healthcare network in New York with many employees. To provide quality follow-up care, healthcare professionals require ready access to their patients' records and a collaborative workflow to collect input from other medical professionals.
The client was determined to improve the performance in its preventative patient activity with a “Value-Based Gaps in Care” project initiative. This initiative aimed to leverage automated aspects of the care chain to identify gaps in patient contact with its doctors and clinicians, such as visits and proactive patient care. The existing workflow process was handled via Excel exports, macros, and manual reports.
SoHo extended the existing SharePoint implementation and automated data synchronization with SharePoint and SQL using SharePoint lists (tasks). Doctors and medical professionals were able to update and complete forms (tasks). SoHo stored the data in an SQL database storage system.
The SQL-stored data was then queried according to the business logic to segment groups of patients who would benefit from clinical recall or outreach.
The client's hospitals and clinics are now able to offer proactive care for patients with chronic conditions. With its patient-recall initiative, the client’s goals for further leveraging its SharePoint investment were met. The organization's records system now allows staff to:
- Exchange discrete data elements between systems to enable clinical decision support, analytics, and alerting
- Transmit physician narratives for smooth transitions of care
- Store and manage patient data records in a secure, mobile-accessible site
- Edit and update patient-care records from anywhere, on any device.
- Manage patient-recall procedures
- Collect metrics on the efficacy of the recall procedures
This project was a logical extension of the client’s digital-workplace journey, proving again that a SharePoint investment offers an excellent ROI due to its excellent customization and integration potential.