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.
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.
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.