For a long time, it seemed as if electronic health records (EHR) were an option that medical service providers could either choose or decline. It seems that today, however, we have reached the point where the market has spoken, and EHR has won.
Like so many other technologies that engage the sharing of data between individuals and private entities, the success of the technology depends on the number of individuals using it. And with EHR, there can be no doubt: it is now the industry norm, and medical offices have to adapt or risk getting left behind.
The reasons why electronic health records provide such an advantage might be obvious, but they are worth revisiting: data sharing, data accuracy and cost savings.
We live in a world where medical patients now expect that doctors have automatic and immediate access to their entire medical histories. This has led to increased patient outcomes, as physicians can make informed medical decisions with this knowledge. This advance has been precipitated by the growth of EHR. Many systems, such as SRS-soft, offered by Healthcare Information Services, make data sharing a priority. With easy-to-use computer systems, data follow patients, rather than the other way around.
Perhaps the number one reason why electronic health records have become the present, rather than the future, is the incredible accuracy of data that it enables. When data is entered and shared inaccurately, it can have devastating consequences. Doctors with incorrect information about their patients can prescribe medication that they are allergic to, or can recommend health procedures that are not the best option. For medical service providers, inaccurate data can lead to rejected billing claims, reducing revenues and engineering a decline in patient care.
As with all new technologies, electronic health records have reached a point of no return. With government mandates and market demand, there is no turning back. While patients love EHRs because of the access to their records as well as improved outcomes, doctors love it because it saves time and money. In addition to a reduction in claims denials, electronic health records allow you to do away with your old paper records, saving you money on space and paper. In addition, easy-to-use systems require less manpower, meaning you can reduce your personnel expenditures, further increasing revenues and freeing doctors up to spend more time seeing patients.
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