With technology advancements rapidly changing the face of healthcare, electronic health records (EHRs) have encompassed digital progress to transform the way patient information is stored and used for diagnosis, treatment and overall patient outcomes. Most importantly to note is that EHRs are accessible anywhere, allowing healthcare practitioners to retrieve patient data wherever and whenever.
According to healthit.gov, The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was the U.S.’s first significant commitment of federal resources to support the widespread adoption of EHRs. HealthIT.gov lists many benefits to the implementation of EHRs within the healthcare system including the following:
- Quality and convenience. With EHRs, practitioners have quick and easy access to patient records from any inpatient center or remote location, resulting in more efficient and effective care. In addition, EHRs provide documentation tools for accurate reporting, as well as safe and more reliable prescribing.
- Patient participation. One of the most useful benefits of EHRs is patient access and participation. Unlike antiquated recordkeeping methods, EHRs provide patients with detailed information about their health conditions and medical evaluations, as well as reminders for follow-up care after hospital stays. EHRs also foster patient participation by enhancing communication between providers and patients; this is because EHRs give providers the ability to manage appointment schedules electronically and email their patients if needed.
- Improved medical practice efficiencies and cost savings. The wide range of functionality available through EHRs allows healthcare professionals to provide better comprehensive support in all aspects of patient care in the most cost-effective way. Reduction in cost is mostly due to EHRs’ automation of time-consuming and labor-intensive tasks, resulting in reduced transportation costs; improved reimbursement coding due to more accurate documentation; and reduced medical errors due to better patient data recordkeeping.
With rising healthcare costs and longer life expectancy, healthcare practitioners can’t afford not to implement the use of EHRs within their practices. As outlined above, the benefits of EHRs can have a significant effect on the quality, efficiency and cost of patient care, ultimately improving your organization’s productivity and bottom line.
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