If you work in a physician’s office, then you know how time-consuming health records can be to update and make changes to. Along with the patient’s health records, switching to an electronic system in your practice can streamline all of your daily tasks.
Digital Patient’s Medical Charts
Digital patient records mean immediate access to health information about patients within moments. Previously, to find information about patient’s demographics such as race, age, religion, occupation, or contact information, a physician’s office would need to dig through files to compile the information together into forms. An electronic health record system can “data mine” and pull the information into a form or spreadsheet quickly.
A digital medical chart makes it much faster for doctors to access the following information:
- Development history (growth chart, motor skills, cognitive, social-emotional, language, etc.)
- Vital signs
- Treatment plans
- Progress notes
- Immunization dates
- Radiology images
- Lab and test results
- Surgical history
You will love the ease of using electronic health record systems because it promotes convenience and speed. Access to patient records becomes a streamlined process and accessible using any device (mobile, tablet, or computer), meaning work can be done on the go. In short, this is just scratching the service of the true potential of EHRs.
Comprehensive Health Information
An electronic health records system involves everyone involved in the patients’ care. This means laboratories, specialists, pharmacies, and emergency facilities will have access to the same information making care consistent across all levels. Just imagine having instant to:
- Family medical history
- Social history
- History of illnesses
- Physical examination (vital signs, organs, etc.)
- Habits (smoking, drinking, exercise, diet, etc.)
- List of medications
- Notes from nurses, doctors or other healthcare providers
As patients age or undergo rigorous treatment, it can be challenging to keep track of their progress. It’s also why keeping track of medical records is so vital for patient health.
EHR Can Help You Streamline Administrative and Billing Functions
Why stop just at patient records? NextGen EHR, for example, offers assistance with practice management systems. This makes patient scheduling, billing, coding tracking claims a breeze by combining the common tasks involved with running a doctor’s office in one system.
Just the financial record keeping alone is well worth it. Billing and collections are generated and logged in a timely manner, and backlogs on unapplied credits to accounts are quickly resolved. Best of all, financial and business requirements are met (for example, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System). You don’t have to worry about the system being updated with the latest reforms or law changes as the system helps your practice stay up to date on the latest requirements.
Just imagine, being able to access insurance eligibility and manage claims or reschedule an employee all from the same location — no hesitating between actions to change files and no extended wait for patients.
Enhance Workflow and Monitor Progress with EHR
Consistency and an enhanced workflow is a big perk of having an electronic healthcare records system. You will have access to templates (or to create your own) to improve efficiency. Patients will be able to enter your practice and feel the workflow right along without any “start-stop” motions. Being able to glide right through check-in, update information, scheduling, and verifying information in action.
Staff will feel the change, and their workload will lessen while the same tasks are being completed in a smoother progression as an EHR can assist with the following:
- Patient intake and registration
- Documenting visit and care plan
- Order lab and tests
- Medication Management
- Patient Check-out
Every physician’s office will benefit from switching to an electronic healthcare record system. Everything from your patient’s medical charts to insurance eligibility and the workflow of the office will improve significantly by making the change to EHR.