As the deadline comes closer, the pressure is increasing to adopt an EHR (if you haven't already done so), and get started on participating in Meaningful Use. And when it comes to EHRs, you'll need a certified system in order to participate in the Meaningful Use Incentive Program.
Maybe you're in the group of eyecare providers that isn't overly concerned with adopting Meaningful Use, so you think, what's the point of investing in a certified EHR software? Well, certified EHR systems are good for more than just helping you attest to Meaningful Use. They are a good investment for all aspects of your practice, and will help improve your processes and patient satisfaction along the way.
4 Things You Can Expect From an EHR Software
Improved Patient Care
With certified EHR systems your patients will have access to their own personal health information online through a patient portal. Patient portals give your patients access to things like scheduling appointments, pre-appointment questionnaires and forms, education materials, lab results, and medical history. This will free up some time for your staff as they will be spending less time on the phone scheduling appointments and answering patient questions. Certified EHRs also reduce the risk of medical errors while increasing the accuracy of diagnosis with the help of clinical decision support.