EHR- Performance Improvement and Patient Safety

EHR Safety and PerformanceIn the medical field, advancement in technology continues unbarred. With hopes of finding the best solutions that give rise to dependable practitioners who provide quality patient care, the search never ends.  There is always room for improvement whenever mistakes occur and flaws are seen.

Whether it is due to insufficient funding and lack of workforce, work overload, or merely neglect, an effective resolution is vital to improve performance among staff thus promoting patient safety.

Along with the introduction of Electronic Health Record system or EHR came the numerous speculations from both patients’ and practitioners’ points of view.  

HOW IS EHR VITAL TO PROVIDING QUALITY CARE AMONG PATIENTS?
Patient safety is among the major concerns behind EHR solutions.  The increase in occurrence of medical errors that have endangered the lives of many patients has drawn much attention in the last few years.  These errors have rooted from simple misinterpreted orders as a result of illegible handwriting and inadequate patient information to complicated knowledge discrepancies on proper and standard treatments.  EHR, being computer based, prevents problems arising from these most common causes as it provides detailed patient information.  Furthermore, updates, instructions and additional notes entered into the system stays clear and accurate on a word for word basis.  All these lead to a far more precise diagnosis, prescription and proper care – the basic essentials of patient safety. 

HOW DO EHR SOLUTIONS CONTRIBUTE TO PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT?
EHR solutions offer advanced tools that healthcare professionals can use to better analyze a patient’s condition and decide on a treatment.  They will have to the ability to access the patient’s medical history needed for evaluation.  Fast access to all these relevant information first hand, will tremendously decrease inaccuracy and medical errors but rather help professionals choose the best action required and utmost care provided at a shorter turnaround time. 

EHR promotes a well-organized workplace allowing professionals to perform their duties efficiently.  The need for medical help continues to grow.  EHR solutions help facilities enhance available resources to respond to these needs appropriately.

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