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.
Using a certified EHR in your office can increase you revenue in the long run by streamlining your workflow, reducing data entry, billing errors, and cutting down on administrative tasks. Certified EHRs have the ability to generate reports that will help you better understand your practice. You'll get access to operational, financial, auditing, and analysis reports to help you identify any possible errors. Reporting like this will save you time in the long run that you would have spent on manually entering data and going back to check and edit errors. You can also get a deeper insight into your patient database by analyzing appointment durations, demographics, and your best-selling products!
Different (in a good way) From EMRs
While sometimes people use the terms EHR and EMR interchangeably, there is a difference between the two. Unlike EMRs, which include health documentation for one patient that only covers services from one provider, EHRs contain patient information across specialties and allow that information to be shared securely between providers. This helps build a more unified and cohesive healthcare experience for patients and their healthcare providers.
Experience The Cloud
While not all certified EHRs are in the cloud, some of them are, and there are a variety of benefits your practice can get from moving your data to the cloud. For starters, if you purchase a cloud-based practice management and EHR solution you won't have any upfront hardware to purchase, like servers. You'll access your sytem by logging into a URL from an Internet browser. Which means your system can be accessed from anywhere, on any device (including tablets), even when you're out of the office. This is going to increase the mobility of you and your staff, in and out of the office. Updates to your sytem are going to occur automatically, and at no extra cost to you. These are just a few of the benefits that a cloud-based EHR can offer your practice.
So ,even if you aren't looking to participate in the Meaningful Use Program, a certified EHR can still have a big impact on your practice! Want to stay up-to-date on the latest info regarding EHR software? Subscribe to the Uprise blog today!