Using Metrics to Improve Clinical Documentation

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September 28, 2012 — 1,213 views  
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Data metrics can be a powerful tool for many clinics and hospitals. With the proper types of metrics, it's possible for a healthcare provider to quickly and easily analyze a patient's health data to find potential diseases that haven't become symptomatic. The following guide provides simple tips and tricks on how metrics can improve clinical documentation.

The human body is an extremely complex organism. While many people don't think of the human body as a series of electro-chemical reactions, it's important to remember that humans have the same physiology as many other animals. Because of this, diseases can emerge from the complex interplay between different systems in the body.

In some cases, it can be challenging for a healthcare provider to correlate certain symptoms with a disease or a disorder. For example, some symptoms can be caused by hundreds of different diseases. In these types of situations, it's important for healthcare providers to have an accurate way to diagnose a health-related problem.

For example, a zinc deficiency can cause a wide variety of symptoms in the body. In addition to hypoglycemia, a zinc deficiency can cause headaches, tiredness, vision loss and nausea. However, there is a very noticeable symptom of zinc deficiencies that most doctors forget. In almost all cases, a zinc deficiency will result in white spots on an individual's fingernails.

With the proper types of patient metrics, it may be possible for a healthcare provider to diagnose a potential health issue quickly and easily.

For example, imagine a healthcare system where a patient enters in every symptom that he or she is experiencing in life. This can include minor cramps, mood, skin disorders and more. On top of this, a doctor will provide the system with information about serum levels, blood pressure, nutrient levels and more.

By combining all this information into a single database, it's possible for a healthcare provider to see how different physiological systems are interacting in the body. In many cases, an individual may be suffering for a disease or disorder that hasn't been noticed by doctors. By using an automated system to determine a disease through metrics, it's possible for a healthcare provider to quickly and easily provide a customized solution for a patient.

Healthcare technology in the United States and other parts of the world is evolving in many exciting ways. Through patient metrics, it's possible to deliver a level of healthcare to patients that have never been seen before.

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