There are many reasons why you may be hesitant to take the leap and purchase an EHRâ€”you may be reluctant to make the financial investment, you may want to avoid the significant diversion of time and practice resources, or you may have been dissuaded by negative stories about EHR failures. Whatever your reasons, however, there are many successful practices that will attest that if you have clearly defined goals and you perform due diligence, implementing a carefully chosen EHR in your busy practice is the smart choice.
Here are 5 reasons why implementing an EHR benefits your practice:
- Increased efficiency and productivity
A productivity-focused EHR eliminates many of the time consuming processes inherent in a paper-based officeâ€”or an office saddled with a failed EHRâ€”freeing you to work more efficiently with the limited amount of valuable time you have. A well-designed EHR will offer quick, easy, and complete access to clinical data, automated and streamlined workflows, seamless data exchange, and efficient and user-friendly patient engagement. These are only a few of the benefits that an EHR can deliver to your practice.
- Comprehensive and quality care
The right EHR system will ensure complete and enhanced care for your patients. No more lost messages, chart notes, or prescriptions. By reducing the chance for error, an EHR will improve your ability to practice medicine safely and efficiently, resulting in greater patient satisfaction.
- Lower costs, increased revenue
With an EHR, your entire medical office will be automated, cutting down on expenses like overhead and overtime costs, supply costs, and chart storage fees. With a healthier bottom line, you can reinvest in your practice and hire additional physiciansâ€”driving even more revenue by increasing patient volume. In addition, implementing a certified EHR will provide you with the right tools to qualify for the governmentâ€™s meaningful use incentives.
- Interoperability and integration
Stage 2 of Meaningful Use increases the focus on interoperability. Selecting an EHR with a strong interoperability platformâ€”one that allows physicians to seamlessly share information with other health providers, HIEs, labs, and hospitalsâ€”is becoming a necessity. Additionally, a well-integrated EHR frees your staff and physicians from the burden of manually entering data, filling out and tracking test results, and managing transcriptionsâ€”pulling all applications together into one seamless user interface.
- Data reporting
Collecting data shouldnâ€™t be a burden on your physicians. Entering, querying, reporting, researching, and analyzing data should be simple, quick, and efficient. Identify best practices, develop treatment plans, increase physician and staff productivity levels, and grow your practiceâ€”all this is possible with efficient and easy data capture and reporting.