Can Switching To An Electronic Records System Save Your Practice?
Do you feel that you are constantly struggling to stay on top of your workload? Are you frustrated that you do not have more time to spend on your patients? Most physicians feel at one time or another that they are swimming in tasks, but if your practice is still using physical records, you may be making your life far more complicated than it needs to be. Many practices have switched to electronic records, but does switching to an EHR make such a significant difference? Many users argue that indeed, it does.
Improved Quality and Convenience of Care
Switching to an EHR greatly reduces the amount of time that must be spent documenting visits and compiling medical bills. This means that one on one time with patients increases. Worrying less about documentation during a visit also means that you will be able to be much more focused on what a patient is saying to you during his or her visit.
An EHR can also greatly improve the care you can offer your patients because of the degree to which it increases your ability to perform tasks such as reviewing lab results. You may be able to review a very high volume of labs in one sitting, and thus reduce the time it takes to identify issues which a patient should seek immediate hospital care for. In situations like these, you could potentially increase the number of critical situations your patients encounter by reducing turnaround time from lab results.
More Efficient Office Workflow
As the quality of care you may give a patient increases with adoption of an EHR, so does the number of patients you will be able to see. An electronic record system will greatly improve office workflow. Better organization and a smarter workflow often means that your practice will possess the ability to see more patients per day. This means an upswing in your overall income, all while delivering better care to a higher volume of patients.
Many electronic records systems contain patient portals, which allow patients access to their own records. This means that your patients will have a better understanding of the care they are receiving and the status of their condition. Granting greater access to patients is beneficial for a number of reasons.
As a patient becomes better informed about the specifics of their case, they will ask more questions about their health and the steps they can take to ensure that the care they are receiving is as effective as possible. This also means that patients will tend to feel more involved and likely more proactive when it comes to maintaining their health outside of your office.
Communication Between Physicians
Electronic records are particularly beneficial for health care providers with patients who are seeing more than one physician at a time. Easy access to information means that all doctors working with a patient will have an accurate idea of their total health picture.
This gives specialists and general practitioners alike the opportunity to communicate with other doctors in a way that helps increase the odds of a successful treatment plan for any given patient. This may also help you gain a better understanding of the causes of a patient’s condition, even when your patient has not given you a complete synopsis of their lifestyle choices or health history.
Better Overall Work Environment
Everyone works better when workplace stressors are minimized, and switching to an electronic system helps create a practice where you, your fellow physicians and office employees are all better equipped to give your patients your best because your own work related stressors have been reduced.