For clinical researchers, a clinical trial management system (CTMS) and an electronic medical record (EMR) are essential tools for managing institutional needs. While these systems yield tremendous benefits on their own, together they create an ideal solution for supporting both your patients and your operational research goals.
There are numerous benefits to CTMS-EMR integration. For institutions concerned with billing compliance risk, centralizing your billing processes helps reduce duplicate data entry and minimizes errors. By using your CTMS as the “source of truth” for billing determinations, you can ensure that all team members involved with patient care, research, and billing are referencing the same information. This leads to much more efficient billing workflows, and greatly reduces the risk of errors.
CTMS-EMR integration can also greatly improve patient safety. In emergency situations, information regarding a patient’s trial status can be easily accessed in the patient’s medical record. This extra layer of information allows emergency staff to better tailor their treatment for the patient, while also minimizing deviations within the study.
How We Manage CTMS-EMR Integrations
Different CTMS vendors may employ different methods to manage the flow of information to and from the EMR. At Forte, we work closely with the Onsemble community and with EMR vendors to determine what workflows best meet customer needs.
At a high level, our philosophy is that the EMR is the source for patient information and managing patient care, while the CTMS holds all information related to the research itself. While information may flow from one system to another, it’s important to maintain only one source of truth related to patient care, research and billing. These established integrations allow each system to perform the tasks they do best. Information such as subject enrollment, financials, research reporting and coverage analysis is managed within the CTMS, while patient care is managed by the EMR. This process results in much cleaner workflows throughout your institution, while maximizing the value of both systems.
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