8 Benefits of Electronic Health Records
In 2017, it’s not uncommon for patients to see their health care providers taking notes during their office visits on laptops, tablets or other mobile computer devices. Generally speaking, the shift from paper to web-based (digital) records has taken longer in the healthcare industry than most expected. Today, it should be the goal of every independent medical practice to adopt electronic health records to improve overall patient care through timely access to all of their patient information, with an emphasis on better patient diagnoses and patient outcomes. While most U.S. hospitals have already adopted a basic EHR system, a lot of independent medical practices are still reluctant to take full advantage of the benefits that electronic records can provide. It goes beyond the inputting of basic patient information, though that basic information becomes a critical component of managing patient care at all levels. Transitioning to an EHR model will provide your independent medical practice a number of benefits, which include;
- Complete comprehensive view of your patient.
As an independent medical practice, having patient records maintained quickly and easily allows for improved patient monitoring and record keeping over a patient’s lifetime. Maintaining one single record for a patient provides a consistent and comprehensive view of your patient, through sickness and health, for an overall lifetime of treatments. There is no better way to grow patient retention!
- Improved coordination of medical care.
Implementing electronic health records will help your independent medical practice easily coordinate and track patient care across all practices and facilities, regardless if it’s basic office visits, testing, surgery or hospital visits. Services can be coordinated and scheduled over the course of one visit, versus bothering patients to make multiple visits. Practices with an emphasis on specialties can also collaborate on patient outcomes as a team to ensure better patient care.
- Readily-accessible patient information.
You will provide yourself with the ability to share information through web-based portals, enabling secure, on-demand access to charts and patient records through laptops, tablets and mobile devices. A key benefit to quick responses and critical decision making by your practice.
- Streamlined workflow.
We all want to gain more time, but without the ability to rewind time, the next best thing is improving processes and workflow, effectively increasing productivity and efficiency. Utilizing an EHR will cut down on pesky paperwork, forms to fill out, referral paperwork and prescription paperwork. Improving wait times, appointments and pickups. Not to mention, the use of automatic reminders will tell patients when it’s time for annual checks-ups and screenings! With patient tracking integration, billing and insurance claims and be filed timely.
- Data collection.
Electronic health records enables continuous data collection, enabling better personalization of patient care, giving your practice the ability to address healthcare issues in a preventative manner. Better yet, analytics and aggregated patient data will alert your practice to larger health trends, such as outbreaks, flu strains and many others.
- Efficiency and cost-savings.
Electronic health records with integrated communication methods can significantly reduce administrative costs, improve delegating patient care coordination and reduce the reliance of hard-copy communications among your practice. Did we say cost-savings? We sure did.
- Reduction of errors.
Implementing electronic health records will allow for better tracking and standard documentation of patient interactions, which has the upmost potential to reduce overall errors. With digital paper trails, illegible notes, paperwork and prescriptions no longer become a problem, and coding for billing and procedures is much easier. Not to mention, integrated systems can also be set to flag drug interactions and other indicators of potential harm.
- Intuitive interface.
Single screen navigation will greatly improve patient encounters. On average, practices who have adopted electronic health records have spent an average of 2 minutes documenting each patient encounter. Navigating has never been better and learning has never been easier.
At the end of the day, utilizing electronic health records to their fullest potential will improve healthcare, while allowing your practice to spend more time on treatment instead of tracking records and data. Your patients will love your edge on technology, as you will be able to communicate better, offer better care and improve your overall services. Time is money, putting more time back into your day increases your revenue.
Are you ready to take the first step to determining of electronic health records are the right decision for your independent medical practice? We’ll help you get started, and you should feel comfortable knowing our team at Medical Revenue Solutions is dedicated to your 100% client satisfaction, from implementation to complete training. Our attention to detail is what makes us a successful company. Get started with us today!