Microsoft SharePoint can Aid Clinical Staff

In most hospitals, clinicals rely heavily on internal clinical systems for patient documentation. However, there are still gaps in the collection and management of patient information in other patient care settings. Organisations that perform clinical trials and research favour enterprise content management systems as their choice to help with their clinical documentation needs.

There are many enterprise content management packages for healthcare providers to choose from. For many of them, there organisational requirements are met by Microsoft’s SharePoint platform. This product is a browser-based content management system that offers a wide range of functions. It has been adopted by hospitals to serve as a document repository for their human resources, IT, clinical and other departments.

Ways to Enhance Patient Documentation

Platform Customisation

SharePoint can be used to offer flexible intake forms to collect patient information in any care setting. With its ability to connect to different data sources, SharePoint users have the ability to customise patient forms, allowing them to gather specific clinical documentation.

Advanced Workflow Functions

The workflows within SharePoint are seen by many users as one of its greatest assets. In a healthcare setting, being able to route patient documentation or data for review through SharePoint is extremely useful as it eliminates some of the manual processes that clinical staff will otherwise have to perform.

Care Co-Ordination

It is common to hear SharePoint users label it as a collaborative platform. SharePoint helps centralise information, but also enables different users to work on the same documents and content simultaneously, while still tracking the changes made. SharePoint also lets care exchange notes, tasks and patient documentation under one system.

Online Connectivity

Microsoft currently offers its platfom both online and on premises, allowing organisations to pick which would work best in their situation. For many the online solution is the most cost-effective over the long term, as it eliminates internal management tasks, whilst still permitting access to all the same features of the on-premises version.

System Integration

Healthcare entities operate with different data sources. Information flows in and out of many systems, including;

  • Lab Systems
  • Medical Imaging
  • Patient Registration
  • Registries
  • EHRs

Through SharePoint, users can securely exchange information through Web services and different APIs. This allows users to load data in and out of the platform and ensures that they won’t be required to enter data in multiple places.

SharePoint for Patient Documentation

Web-based products and enterprise content management systems such as SharePoint are highly customizable platforms with a certain appeal to healthcare professionals. Able to customize intake forms, manage workflows, collaborate, and efficiently maintain content, SharePoint has been widely adopted in healthcare and its use continues to grow.