Time and time again our team hears from Hospital IT management, “Why would we buy a transplant management system, the transplant center has a multi-million dollar EHR?” Quite often the school of thought has been that an EHR is a one-size fits all, silver bullet that will reduce costs, reduce errors, and increase productivity. It’s supposed to deliver everything to everyone in one system – no need for ancillary solutions. The EHR has been marketed to deliver more security and provide easy access to all the data a clinician needs for decision-making.
In theory, all of this should be true. However, for specialty departments like transplant centers, the required transplant-specific details are either not available or easily accessible within the encounter-based EHR. It’s becoming more and more apparent that ancillary solutions, such as Transplant Management Systems (TMS) that are tightly interfaced to the EHR, are required in order to fully support transplant clinicians and program staff.
Learn how EHRs alone are failing to fully support transplant clinics and how an ancillary system, such as a transplant management system, can help.