Technology advancements in healthcare make it easier for providers to develop and provide patient-centered, customized care. By centering on the patient, providers and care teams can identify opportunities and approaches to deliver preventive care, reduce complications and risks, and improve patient outcomes and experiences.
Women’s healthcare focuses on the branch of medicine related to diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions affecting women. For many years, women’s healthcare has focused on reproductive health. While this focus is important, it does not offer a comprehensive approach for the patient. Women’s healthcare should not be limited to reproductive health but should take a whole-person care approach.
Women account for over three-quarters of all healthcare consumer purchasing decisions, and play an outsized role as caregivers for family members and friends. This may seem obvious, but women’s bodies and experiences are not the same as men, and women’s healthcare outcomes will not improve until the healthcare sector personalizes care for female patients. Care that considers the unique needs of the woman patient is essential for good outcomes. As healthcare delivery shifts in the direction of this approach, healthcare integrations are the first step to improving women’s healthcare.
Healthcare integrations are a successful strategy to consider in order to provide patient-centered, team-based care. Figuring out what integrations to incorporate into your organization starts with planning. This means building a healthcare program first and looking at what your patient population needs. Ultimately to achieve coordinated, multi-clinician care, aiming to support patients to live healthy, independent, and dignified lives. Utilizing healthcare integrations can help to improve overall population health.
What do we mean by healthcare integrations?
Creating a new, whole-person care approach for women can be achieved through thoughtful healthcare integrations. We can achieve this by layering on different healthcare integration tools to build a comprehensive care platform — one that’s customized specifically for women’s healthcare needs.
Many healthcare organizations use multiple systems — IT systems and administrative processes — to manage a patient’s care. The more distinct systems there are, the more complex and time-consuming the process can be. As technological advances continue, more data is available to providers. However, the increase in unstructured content can harm organizations as well. Unstructured content is the information and data that exists outside an organization’s core workflows and systems.
How can providers and care teams navigate a care management approach and not be overwhelmed by the volume of unstructured content within their organization? The solution is to identify an integrated healthcare system with existing applications and tools to bring data and functionality together. A platform that allows for integrations with tools such as electronic health records (EHRs), e-prescribing applications, calendars and scheduling, and patient communication tools promotes efficient and effective patient engagement and care management.
How do integrations work?
When people talk about different tools to integrate into a tech stack, they are often talking about different things. For instance, there are many different types of integration possibilities. For instance, there are native integrations. Native integrations still require setups and licenses. Then, there are other integrations that are offered as an add on, integrations that can be custom built, and so on. Welkin offers integrations that you can build on your own using APIs with our API First platform. So, there are a wide variety of solutions to fit your needs.
How do integrations help personalize women’s healthcare?
Adopting and expanding your healthcare integrations is a promising approach to improving and personalizing women’s healthcare. Providing patient-centered approaches focusing on women’s needs is the first step toward improving outcomes, developing successful care models and interventions, and improving the patient experience specifically for women.
Healthcare integrations must include multiple strategies to engage a multi-clinician team and create a personalized care plan to succeed. Integration of clinical and operational best practices and IT tools and systems focused on specific areas of care and communication are essential. Providers and care teams with a comprehensive, multi-layered healthcare integration approach need the right technology to support and accelerate their efforts. When successful, healthcare integrations empower providers and care teams to provide unparalleled clinical care and patient experiences for women.
Here are some of the ways integrations can help personalize women’s healthcare:
- Scaling compassionate care
- Creating a collaborative care model
- Personalizing the patient approach
- Creating triage pathways
- Tailoring communication and follow-up
- Informing program decisions
How does Welkin Health support integrations?
Having a system of record, like an EHR, EMR, CRM, or Care Management solutions and then layering on integrations with other technology tools allows you to multiply the ability to deliver better, more efficient care, resulting in improved outcomes and a better patient experience. The goal is to allow physicians and care team members to take on more patients while still delivering high-quality care.
A good system of record will allow for a unified care platform and builds on the functions, tools, and capabilities specific to each customer.
So for instance, Welkin Health offers native integration capabilities outlined below. In addition, Welkin is API First, giving their customers the ability to be uniquely tailored and customized to an organization’s specific needs and also allow for custom-built integrations to promote better care, enhanced efficiency, and reduced time spent on administrative tasks.
Zoom for Healthcare
Welkin offers a HIPAA-compliant Zoom for Healthcare integration to encourage communication with patients and providers.
Providers and patients can send and receive messages in Welkin by leveraging chat apps such as WhatsApp.
eRX and labs
Platforms like eRX allow pharmacies to integrate their networks for a more efficient workflow and enables patients to exchange e-prescriptions with their pharmacies.
DrFirst and Welkin allow providers to fulfill electronic drug prescribing.
With Health Gorilla, lab ordering is built directly into Welkin’s patient workflows.
Docusign integration with Welkin supports complete secure document signing within Welkin’s platform.
Health care organizations can view and build custom dashboards and reports with Sisense and Welkin.
Systems of record
EHR / EMR
Cloud-based EMRs or EHRs can be connected and integrated with Welkin’s platform.
Manage Salesforce Sales Cloud and sales funnel tracking with full data management integration.
A Healthcare CRM that can manage records in one place seamlessly.
With Welkin, sync external calendar providers like Google.
Welkin also syncs with external Outlook calendars for more comprehensive scheduling.
Integration with Acuity syncs online appointment scheduling software and capabilities.
With Welkin, Stripe allows payments to be received or payouts to be sent with a payment processing platform.
Personalize women’s health through care management
Healthcare integrations support patient-centered, personalized care. They bring together care management and integrated healthcare technology solutions. Care management approaches patient care and chronic conditions from a team-based, patient-centered point of view. Care management platforms that integrate native and custom-built solutions expand providers’ ability to support their patients’ needs.
Women’s healthcare is at a crucial point — providers understand that it is not just about reproductive health but women’s health needs and experiences across their lifetime. In addition to navigating their own health journeys, women make 80% of healthcare purchasing decisions in their households. Improving women’s experience as a patient will impact their other choices and actions when pursuing care for their family members.
Providers and care teams who are interested in delivering unparalleled women’s healthcare know that healthcare integrations are the best approach. Build your strategy and learn more about how Welkin can help support a personalized care management solution for women.