Not sure which new technology innovations should matter most for your practice?
Trying to sift through electronic health record (EHR) features and benefits can feel overwhelming, even impossible.
You don’t want to waste time and money on the wrong EHR. To reduce the hassle, it helps to understand what your practice needs today and what it will require further ahead. Read on for three essential EHR features and benefits.
1. Ability to meet modern challenges
The EHR was designed to enhance patient recordkeeping. It has evolved to provide a broader scope of capabilities, including sharing information electronically, helping to reduce medical errors, and enabling patient-provider communication.
As public health issues change shape, so does the role of the EHR.
Opioid addiction has risen to epidemic levels in the United States, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates more than 130 people die from an opioid overdose every day. Health information technology has emerged as a powerful tool for tracking prescription activity. Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) support the collection of prescription data, and an increasing number of U.S. states have mandated their use.
Meanwhile, an in-workflow PDMP checking feature allows providers to check their state’s database without leaving their EHR workflow — saving time and increasing efficiency.
2. Integration with analytics
A practice can gain insight into population health — along with reporting requirements for government incentive programs and data to optimize billing and cash flow — with analytics. When shopping for an EHR, consider one that’s integrated with analytics.
"Our Practice Analytics, custom reports, and the data we pull enables us to optimize our staff performance to meet quality measures and provide excellent patient care,” said Amelia Rutledge, RN, with White County Medical Center.
According to the CDC, six in ten Americans live with a chronic condition such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes, and about seven in ten deaths each year are due to a chronic condition. Through its analytics capabilities, a population health management solution can help a practice determine its highest-risk patient groups, identify gaps in care, and reach out to patients to engage them in their care.
3. Specialty-specific solutions
If you’re a pediatrician, the information you track and manage will be different from that of a cardiologist or a primary care physician. But if your EHR doesn’t have specialty-specific functions, managing data is much harder.
“My doctors are charting much faster,” said Jennifer Danver, Office Manager at Ormond Pediatrics, PA. “You have to put some work in initially, but after only three days we were charting faster than we were on our previous system that we had used in our office for a year.”
If your practice is only a few years old, you may still be using a generic or multi-specialty EHR. While it met your needs early on, consider the needs of your system down the road.
Your system should offer benefits for your specialty and, when possible, eliminate headaches. Explore companies that offer a free demo/consultation prior to EHR implementation. Trying before you buy will help you feel confident that you’re getting the right system.
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