Although it would not be completely correct to say that technology advancement in healthcare has been rapid and up-to-date, it would not be wrong to say that healthcare technology is changing the world we live in and healthcare as we know it. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have been helping thousands of doctors storing and keeping track of millions of patients across the world. With Meaningful Use approaching latter stages and further reformation of healthcare laws, technology is transforming patient care delivery throughout the nation.
EHRs not only store patient data digitally but also help in cracking down cases where a patient might have been using or has been supplied unsafe drugs or medical devices. In a highly evolved and interoperable EHR adoption environment, EHR prescriptions could go as far as detecting bioterrorism on food systems and even water supplies.
But health is not the only way how EHRs are helping healthcare providers and patients. Another systemic solution provided by EHRs is that their interoperability enables healthcare delivery and its provision, owing to the unprecedented advantages it gives to all stakeholders involved in any healthcare transaction. EHRs are capable of sending information to any other interoperable system instantly, enabling doctors to take better, faster decisions at point of care. EHRs carry all critical information related to a patient’s health history. That’s why having instant access to such information; doctors are in a position to deliver better care and are in a position to make error-free decisions.
Not to mention, EHRs significantly boost workflow productivity. EHRs help enhance and expedite hospital/ physician workflow. As a result, providers are able to achieve in lesser time. The result is more efficient patient care and higher revenues for providers. Going mobile on EHRs such as on iPads and other mobile devices go a long way in helping strengthen doctor-patient relationship and enhancing patient-care delivery.
Financial and billing related activities such as financial management, charges, payments, plans, reimbursements, follow ups and denials are an integral part of most EHRs. Having such integrated systems within the EHR avoids data entry errors and serves as a remarkable tool to create seamless documents. In effect, there is a lesser chance of objections on reimbursement claims.
By increasing productivity, enhancing provider workflows and earning them higher revenues, EHRs have given the healthcare industry a completely new direction that will continue to evolve as time progresses.
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