If you think Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions can do without standards, then think about this. With more than 300 proprietary EHR products on the market, why do most clinicians (by far) still use pen and paper?
Why Documents Go Stale
Electronic documents are far too important to be locked in to one vendor. Times change, policies change, corporations change. But clinical documents can't. They are the source of critical client data, from cradle to grave. If your electronic documents go stale because of forces beyond your control, then you're in trouble.
Stay Out of Trouble
Standards are vital. With that in mind, we chose a route that safeguards your documents from obscurity and allows uncomplicated sharing of information.
Skribos [skree-bos], our premiere charting program, adheres to standards such as W3C's XML and HL7's Clinical Document Architecture. With a standard format, documents can be accessed, searched, and updated in any program that supports that standard. Your precious documents are not held captive by your EHR solution. Now, or 10, 20, 50 years down the road.
Four Reasons Why Skribos Succeeds
- Remarkably Simple to Use
- Despite its internal complexity, Skribos is simple to understand and use. It looks and behaves like a word processor. If you've used one before then Skribos will come naturally to you; if not, it will take you but a few minutes to get the hang of it.
- Structured Documents
- Skribos allows you to create structured documents. What does this mean? Well, you know that many interactions with clients are repetitive: bronchodilator therapy, dressing change, mobility exercise. If you could create a description of each of these and store them in a knowledge base, you could simply select the item and the text would be inserted into the document. No typing. Rapid charting.
The concept of structured text is not new and has been implemented in several products, most of which have failed. Why? Because they treat users (that's you) like machines. They think that charting is some mechanical affair where everything fits neatly into structured sequences. Just pick items from the knowledge base and you're done.
But life is not like that. For one client everything goes by the book and you can chart using the knowledge base (structured). For the next client nothing goes as planned so the knowledge base is useless: you need to type everything (unstructured). Most clients fall somewhere in between and this is where Skribos really shines, allowing you to include structured and unstructured data in the same document.
- Shall We Say it Again? Standards
- Skribos is built on standards. With so much talk about a universal EHR, the concept of using standards is a no-brainer: without standards, nothing can be universal. That's why Skribos adheres strictly to HL7's Clinical Document Architecture (CDA). All charting tools compliant with the CDA can display any CDA document regardless of who created it.
The added bounty of standards in Skribos is that they come at no cost to you. There is nothing extra you have to do to benefit; they're just there, working for you, quietly and effectively.
- Chart and Record Workload at the Same Time
- Skribos is the driving force in ChartTime, our suite of programs that can record activities as you chart.
Skribos supports codification, once again as per the CDA. A piece of structured text (e.g., flow volume loop) can be assigned a coded procedure and time value ( e.g., 1110 Flow volume loop = 10 minutes). So when the respiratory therapist charts a flow volume loop, its coded procedure and time value gets embedded in the document and Promiso, our workload measurement program, gets updated. That's it. Charting and workload recording are completed at the same time.
Put InfoMed to Work for You
Skribos is leading the movement to a universal electronic health record. To find out more: