Sometimes we hear that eyecare practices quickly grow frustrated with newly implemented EHR software simply because it's too difficult to learn and the time it takes for your practice to adjust ends up being too big of a hassle, or too big of a money pit. These are frustrations that a lot of eyecare practices have with a lot of different software systems.
Truth is, implementing new software that affects your entire practice is a big change and it's going to come with a learning curve that will take a bit of time to pay off especially for practices coming from paper charts. But once you get over the hump, with the right system you'll see benefits in every area of your practice. Today, we want to talk about a few different ways to help your practice get through the learning curve so you're able to start enjoying the benefits of a new system.
Looking Past The EHR Software Learning Curve
Show Patients How the New System Benefits Them
One way to start seeing fast results is by sharing the new system with your patients. A big benefit to EHR software is that it helps modernize your practice and provide better overall health care for your patients. Share with them the value of their patient portal and how they now have immediate and mobile access to most of their health information.
They can log in through their portal and view prescriptions, treatment instructions, medical history, and educational material to help them be more in change of their own health. All of this contributes to improved health outcomes and more satisfied patients. The sooner you can see results with your patietns, the quicker you will see the pay off.
Take Advantage of the Quality of Your Patient Records
With electronic patient records you'll have easy access to search through information and quickly gather reports to help assess the success of your business. This saves you time from the administrative tasks of filing and pulling charts for more efficient data collection. While it could take a little more time when it comes to getting used to charting electronically, the information and quality of your patient information will be much more comprehensive than with paper records. Sharing information between healthcare providers becomes much easier, and with a cloud-based system you have access to your system even from outside the office.
The first few days, and even weeks after your implementation will be an adjustment for your team. Getting used to changes in your routine and learning the ins and outs of a system takes time. Plan ahead and make sure you're scheduling a patient load that is reasonable for your team to handle during the transition. Avoiding staff frustrations will help keep morale of the team up, and a positivie environment for adjusting to the new system.
Managing patient care becomes easier with the efficiencies and tools that come with the right EHR software. Be prepared for the learning curve of adjusting to new practices, especially if you're coming from paper, but know that with the right system, preparation, and attitude your practice has a lot to gain from a software solution. If you're about to go through software implementation, download our Mini Guide to help you get started!