Small Wins for Interoperability Equals Big Wins for Patients

The last person to worry about IT on a Saturday night is a physician. Yet, when IT gets it right, the physician and patient can experience big wins. Take a recent Saturday night, for example, as described by Providence Health & Services’ Andrew Zechnich, M.D., MPH, in his recent post as ER physician and CMIO for Providence’s Oregon Region.

“Through Epic CareEverywhere, I was able to review the patient’s recent labs and his gastroenterologist’s evaluation. Without this access, I would have had to repeat many tests in the ED. It was very helpful, more cost effective and less stressful to the patient to have this information with the click of the mouse. I smiled to myself: A small win for interoperability!”