Benefits of EHR Technology in Healthcare
More than 66% of physicians believe that EHRs improve clinical data access and 2/3rd of them said it actually improved patient care considerably. EHR or Electronic Health (Medical) Records enable the exchange of health-related information electronically to boost safer and high-quality care to patients, while at the same time create tangible growth for the organization. The benefits of EHR in healthcare is vast and beyond imagination.
Evenset Inc, known for our all-inclusive and state-of-the-art custom mobile apps for healthcare, offers a wide variety to Electronic Health Record solutions that can be accessed on demand and can potentially save time, money and ultimately lives.
Clinical Role of EHR in Healthcare Management
With the growth of advanced medical practices and technology, the need for sophisticated and high-quality care has become indispensable for the entire pool of healthcare providers, including general physicians, surgeons, specialists, nurses, technicians, pharmacies, and other clinicians.
Without EHR implementation, each group of expertise tends to have limited and specific interactions with patients and depending upon their key expertise, they get a very different view of the patient information and medical history. For instance, a cardiologist may not have complete information about a patient’s neurological diagnosis and treatments, and vice-versa. In effect, the cardiologist or neurologist’s perception of the patient fragments into disconnected facts and medical history, and a cluster of symptoms.
EHR systems decrease fragmentation by improving coordination in healthcare. EHRs have the intellectual capability to integrate and systemize patient health information and distribute in real-time to all authorized providers involved in a patient’s care and management.
So, a patient’s history, right from his body-temperature on day one to the number of tests and scans performed by different healthcare professionals to check his vitals on day forty, will be available to all – from primary physician to the cardiologist and neurologist. For instance, customized EHR alerts can be activated to inform provider when a particular patient has been to a hospital, what medications he is currently on, when gets his next ECG done, and when he is admitted for surgery.
EHR and Patient Coordination
EHRs allow every provider related to the patient have access to same, accurate, and latest information. EHR is especially useful for patients who:
- Have been in an accident and are receiving emergency treatment in a new hospital
- Are seeing multiple specialists at the same time
- Are making transitions between different hospitals or care units for different treatments
- Have a long list of medical history, diagnosis or have been receiving treatment over a very long period for a critical illness
- Are from another state or country receiving treatment in a new care unit
EHR and Practice Efficiency & Cost Saving
Real-time and consistent availability of information reduces cost by avoiding unnecessary tests and medical errors, thus improving medical practice management.
EHR Technology creates efficient practices by:
- Integrating a scheduling system that connects appointments to track record, insurance claims and coding
- Saving time through a centralized management system, such as patient-centric solutions to health queries
- Improving communication between labs, clinicians, pharma and health plans in the form of automated electronic messages, automated formulary checks, links to public health systems, and access to lab tests and diagnostic images
EHR saves medical practices’ cost by:
- Reducing transcription cost
- Enhancing documentation and facilitating automated entry
- Eliminating medical errors through accurate and comprehensive access to medical data and through error alerts
- Reducing re-filling, chart pull, and inventory costs
- Heightening care quality through patient education and disease management
EHR and Diagnostics & Patient Outcomes
With timely and accurate information, EHRs are able to diagnose diseases early and even prevent medical errors, consequently improving patient outcomes.
According to National perceptions of EHR adoption: Barriers, impacts, and federal policies by National conference on health statistics, 88% of providers report that their EHR produces clinical practice benefits and 75% claims that their EHR allows better patient care since they have reliable access to patient’s complete health information.
EHR computes information, not merely contain or transmit them. For instance, a qualified EHR not only keeps records of a patient’s medication or allergy history but also tracks and cross-checks when a health care provider prescribes a new medication and alerts if there is any potential problem.
In case of emergency, even when a patient is unconscious because of an accidental injury, information recorded in an EHR can tell emergency department about the patient’s medical history, like any life-threatening disease. Quick and systematic identification can help providers avoid serious consequences, which is not possible in a paper-based setting.
Evenset Inc offers certified EHR that may help providers prevent liability actions and improve risk management.
EHR and Patient Care & Participation
EHR makes healthcare more convenient for patients and providers. Patients’ information is consolidated and available in one place, which can be retrieved when and as needed to make an informed decision. Reliable access to health information is paramount for safe and secure decision-making during clinical meetings. EHR provides legible and complete documentation, performance improving predictive models, interfaces with other EHRs, and quick access to information from remote location to facilitate enhanced patient care and quality decision making.
Automating manual operations, such as reducing the need for filling out forms repeatedly, sending e-prescriptions to pharmacies, automating reminders and notifications for health interventions, providing online customer support, and automating follow-ups for next visits, will improve patient’s participation.
All in all, EHR lets providers and patients collaborate for informed decision making. Leveraging Evenset’s expertise in EHR technology will promote better integration among providers, improved information sharing, reduced operational cost, reduced cost for the provider, viewable and updated medical histories, and off-site and at the point of care order entry. It will also ensure better adherence to important regulatory requirements, standardization of data and care plans using evidence-based medicine, faster and simpler disease management, and complete access to health care experts at rural locations through telemedicine.
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