Hospitals have a mandate to use EHR systems to measure quantity and quality of healthcare. This results in meaningful use, which is great for dentists/dental practices, hospitals, doctors and nurses. But how have EHRs changed the healthcare industry, and what are the benefits of such systems?
1. IMPROVED PATIENT OUTCOMES
EHRs have taken center stage in recent years, and the majority of health care settings have seen improved patient outcomes. These systems do more than simply transmit data, they leverage information for the benefit of both hospital and practice patients.
Electronic health records also alert physicians to potential issues. For example, EHRs automatically assess new medications patients are prescribed against problems based on their listed allergies. This sort of information is also vital during emergency situations. For example, a primary care doctor will enter information about allergies into the EHR, and if the patient ends up in emergency care, the physician will then have access to this data and treat the patient correctly. This is very important if a patient is unresponsive.
2. CARE DELIVERY
EHR implementation has ensured workflows are less time-consuming than former paper methods. When records and treatment plans are electronically inputted into the system, errors are reduced, lowering the risk of issues and problems e.g. rejecting reimbursement claims.
Mundane and routine tasks are also less of a burden thanks to EHR due to the ability to view data on portable devices and increased automation. This further enhances productivity and speed, giving nurses and doctors more one-to-one time with their patients.
3. HEALTHCARE IS NOW MOBILE
Once paired with mobile technology, EHR systems allow medical providers to view patient data in real-time, but they also streamline appointment management processes and tasks such as reviewing test results. This functionality enhances the patient’s experience and allows doctors to improve on the outcomes they offer.
Ultimately, EHRs have played a huge role in the ability of the medical care industry to continue improving its quality of care. If you’d like to find out more about EHR implementation, contact us at EHR1 today.
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