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Is it time to move to an EHR system?

Posted on: 10.29.15 by Digirad

Transitioning from paper-based health records to an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system is a move that will affect almost every aspect of your practice. There are many benefits to an EHR system, but these benefits come with a cost. You’ll need to invest in the software and train your staff in new processes. So why are practices making the move to EHRs? We’ve put together six key benefits of making the switch. Take a look…

Fewer errors

Digital data allows for fewer errors than traditional paper records. Among other things, legibility is no longer an issue and physicians can be prompted to include information that they may otherwise forget to communicate.

Safety

Patient safety is one of the most important concerns in providing care. From the safety of records management, including patient privacy and security, to the reduced duplication and electronic delivery of prescriptions to the pharmacy, EHRs substantially increase safety through a variety of different mechanisms and safeguards.

Cloud Based Options

Newer, cloud-based EHRs can be securely accessed from any computer with an internet connection, whether that’s from an exam room, your home office, the emergency room or even from your favorite vacation spot. It allows physicians immediate access to an organized and complete history of care instead of the limited notes from the patient’s last office visit.

Time savings

More important than the obvious time saved by not having to manually chart a patient’s visit to the office is the time saved during a crisis. During an emergency, the value of having accurate and comprehensive health information at your fingertips is priceless. Access to blood type, documentation of any known allergies, and other crucial details can help physicians make quicker and more confident decisions in critical patient care.

Easier collaboration

Test results, diagnostic reports, prescribed medications, notes, questions, and recommendations for a single patient are all in one place. Whether across the country or across the street, two providers or ten, electronic records facilitate more effective collaboration and communication among physicians, especially when addressing multiple facets of the patient’s care.

Administrative efficiencies

Imagine not having to store hundreds or thousands of paper records. EHRs provide instant storage and retrieval of records. Your office staff will substantially increase efficiency by spending less time managing paperwork and more time on other tasks.

EHRs are soon to be the standard in medical records, not necessarily because of the conveniences and efficiencies, but more so because the technology substantially improves the safety, quality, and delivery of patient care. Migration to electronic records is not only innovative and forward thinking, it’s almost a necessity in today’s medical environments.



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