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There are numerous ways in which the adoption of electronic health records can reduce the costs of delivering high-quality care. The ultimate goal of utilizing an EHR is to improve patient care and reap financial and operational benefits, but the uniqueness of a practice’s workflows can obstruct their ability to maximize the utility of any given EHR software.

Although there are challenges associated with selecting and properly implementing the appropriate EHR software for a specific practice, adopting the right solution will undoubtedly streamline processes, increase efficiency, and improve overall patient care. This article will outline the numerous benefits of adopting an EHR that maintains patient care as its primary focus.

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Financial benefits

The Medicare Access and Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) creates unprecedented financial opportunities for high-performance providers by associating reimbursements to value-based care.

With MACRA, Congress steered CMS toward the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The Quality Payment Program offers two new tracks to reimbursement: Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

How is patient care improved?

Many have argued that going electronic won’t guarantee that patient care will improve, but numerous studies conducted by prestigious organizations have stated otherwise. Among them is a study conducted by D.W. Bates which suggests that EHR features such as alerts and reminders do improve patient safety significantly when utilized in hospitals and ambulatory facilities.

Going electronic not only ensures the security of patient data, it streamlines communication between physicians and allows them to seamlessly transfer patient records amongst themselves. In a situation where a patient is unconscious or unable to communicate, an EHR can alert the clinician about life threatening allergies, conditions, and other critical information. EHRs provide access to information and resources that ultimately result in better approaches to treatments.

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How EHRs Improve Patient Satisfaction

Integrated patient portal and scheduling system reduces patient waiting time and improves communication between providers and patients, thereby increasing efficiency, and promoting patient satisfaction.

Our EHR/EMR for small private practices features like e-Prescribing, that allow patients to receive their prescriptions electronically, do a great deal to increase efficiency and improve patient experience, while population health features identify at-risk populations and possible gaps in care to fortify patient safety.

Conclusion

Universal adoption of EHR is inevitable, and moving away from traditional methods is the first step towards augmenting patient care, safety, and satisfaction through innovative approaches.

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