Edgility and electronic medical records (EMRs) like Epic or Cerner serve different functions; while complementing each other, they are not interchangeable. Here are some key differences:
· Scope: EMRs are comprehensive systems that manage patient health records, while Edgility focuses on operational efficiency, process improvement, and workflow orchestration.
· Data sources: EMRs primarily collect clinical data from individual patient encounters, while Edgility integrates data from multiple sources to provide a big-picture view of health system operations.
· Analytics: EMRs, although improving, have limited data analytics capabilities. The focus remains on the retrospective analysis of clinical data or the activity of a particular function, like imaging tasks. Edgility, on the other hand, uses real-time data and predictive analytics to optimize workflows between and across service lines. In the EMR, the focus is on task collection, and with Edgility, the focus is on patient workflow.
· Customization: EMRs are highly customizable, but this customization requires significant resources, time, and effort. Edgility is designed for rapid implementation and configuration and is highly adaptable to specific healthcare settings.
· Usability: EMRs are notorious for their poor usability, and care teams often spend significant time navigating their interfaces. Edgility is designed with a user-centric approach, and its intuitive interface minimizes the learning curve.
· AI capabilities: While EMRs are beginning to incorporate AI, they focus on clinical decision support. Edgility is architected on a generative AI platform. This architecture enables predictive analytics, workflow orchestration, and continuous process improvement.
Edgility and EMRs have different functions and focus on different aspects of healthcare. While they can complement each other, they are not interchangeable, and health systems can benefit from implementing both to optimize clinical and operational outcomes.