Integrate ePRO and clinical data platforms
Integrating ePRO and clinical data platforms (e.g., patient data stored in the EHR) can support the patient care process by centralizing important and relevant information for patient care in a single location to support ease of access. This can be achieved by embedding ePRO reports within the EHR system (e.g., ePRO report access from a tab within the EHR) or presenting clinical data pulled from an EHR as part of an ePRO report.
Integration of multiple forms of patient data can facilitate a holistic picture of patient health to assist decisions and communication related to individual patient care. The holistic picture afforded by integration can facilitate better service, increased robustness, and increased flexibility in using PRO data. Figure 4N provides an example of a dashboard that integrates PRO and clinical data to support a holistic perspective.
Quote from Provider Interviews:
“I think [clinical data] is useful information to get. It provides an important context for some of our patients.”
Ideally, the clinical and PRO databases are constructed in a way that provides a functional pathway for compiling or otherwise integrating the data, but this is not always the case. The feasibility of integrating PRO reports and EHR data varies by platform used. A feasible functional pathway is needed to accommodate pulling data from the respective sources for both of the following strategies.