How does EHR help improve workflow

EHR stands for Electronic Health Record and its main feature is interoperability: exchanging, sharing, and making use of patient data in variety of formats to be used by healthcare organizations for better decision making purposes. EHR software improves your workflow, this is an understatement because it not only does that but is able to do a lot more. Let’s have a look.workflow

Providers can schedule their patients by using an EHR by automatically allowing the software to manage the scheduling process or by advance scheduling. By doing so, the patient and the practice is informed through alerts of the patient’s revisit or rescheduling.

EHR have the ability to automate clinical workflow of your practice. It makes the slow process of registering patients for lab tests fast. The arrival of results from labs and its accuracy both are maintained through the software. In case of error by the doctor in interpreting the result, or by lab technician, EHR has the capability of informing the practice through its automated error detection system that a mistake has been made. EHR can precisely read and match information provided through lab reports. It is done through built in ICD codes. It reduces the human-error factor in the interpretation of codes.icd

EHR allows your practices’ workflow to improve by providing management systems that deal in real-time. EHR connects healthcare providers and hospitals, across multiple States to instantaneously connect to patients’ data. It allows providers to remain up-to-date with their patient’s condition as he goes from one healthcare provider to another. This exchange is crucial when providers need update on medication and allergy lists of their patient under consideration from another healthcare provider. It is a step forward in the improvement of your workflow because it integrates information that can be used in decision making at the point-of-care.

ObamaCare is pushing EHR as a much valued software that will change healthcare industry. To be very honest, it will take time. EHR definitely improves your practices’ workflow flow but still a lot of training of doctors all across US is needed. The adoption will take time but when EHR vendors deliver result, providers will want to shift.


Are EHRs being oversold?

Electronic Health Record (EHR) software have become the latest healthcare industry benchmark. Doctors across the country are using the software to help them smoothen their operational workflows and improve productivity. The healthcare vendor market is flourishing with a huge range of products to choose from and practitioners, on the other hand, are clearly confused when it comes to selecting the right kind of EHR software for their practice.

Are the vendors pushing too hard to sell their EHR software? The answer would be a concrete yes. But it is for all the good reasons. Confused? Let me explain.

In the present scenario, the end users of the software, the practitioners, are using some sort of EHR software in order to be more compliant with regulatory bodies, take advantage of adopting the systems early, receiving meaningful use benefits and adopting the ICD-10 codes. However, they sometimes ignore the product while making the selection, and instead make price-related compromises. As a result, they end up buying the wrong EHR software and are admittedly left frustrated when they start using it. The system they adopt is sometimes slow, inefficient and does not meet their workflow requirements.

This is the time when other EHR software vendors step in. They pitch their product, explain the benefits and features, training and support system and convince the practice for making a switch to their product. Some doctors are hesitant, understandably, since the first long and tedious implementation of the EHR software did no good to them. Others, are generally more open to the idea of improvement and look forward to discussing it with their vendor.

As per an estimate, by the end of 2013, nearly 80% of the practitioners across the U.S. will be using some sort of EHR software. Therefore, in the times to come, the market will be all about making the right switch.