Information Technology has revolutionized the healthcare industry over the last two decades. From a time when physicians used to rely on handwritten notes has now transformed into a system where they just need to speak and the system will convert it into text. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are helping practices do a lot more in a lot less time and reduce inefficiency in the systems.
Let’s take a look at how the EHRs are helping in automating practice workflows.
1. Automate operations: EHR software are helping practices automate their operations in a very efficient way. Now they can automatically confirm their appointments right from within the system and have auto-insurance eligibility checks done in a matter of a few minutes.
2. Optimize efficiency: EHR software are also allowing physicians to spend less time on redundant tasks and give them more time to focus on their patients. They can also use custom templates to do simple tasks which can save them plenty of time.
3. Higher profits: Because the physicians are able to focus more on the patients, they can have themselves qualified to receive more profits through achievement of Meaningful Use and by participation in the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model.
4. Reduce overheads: Manual systems used to take plenty of time and money. EHRs are changing that by helping them reduce unnecessary costs spent on redundant tasks like filing, paperwork, etc.
5. Increase accuracy: Manual paperwork and processing of claims can result in a lot of errors. EHRs have checks built into them everywhere and can really help increase accuracy of not only patient data, but also of billing claims.
6. Empower staff: While EHR systems save plenty of time and costs for the physician, they also enable the support staff and medical nurses to do their tasks much more efficiently and in a lesser amount of time.