3 Straightforward Benefits Of Using EHRs

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For physical therapy providers, it may be somewhat challenging to sift through the wide range of information regarding electronic health records (EHRs) that can be found online. Like any other aspect of health care, there are those for and opposed to EHR usage, but overall what is clear is that EHRs are becoming more common. For providers, EHR adoption is a necessary step in preparing for the shift to ICD-10, as well as creating a contemporary workplace. While some may be wary about digital security, EHRs have several straightforward advantages that can benefit any practice. Here are three simple benefits of using EHRs:

1. Better patient communications 
The patient portal aspect of many EHR systems make it easy for providers to communicate with patients over forums other than the phone. For both patients and providers, the hectic nature of the work day can make it hard to find time that aligns to have a phone conversation. A patient portal makes it possible for patients to pose questions, pay bills and schedule appointments on their own time. Moreover, this platform gives patients 24-hour access to personal health information, according to HealthIT.gov. Therefore, patient care is readily available to all involved parties at any given time.

2. Increased practice efficiency 
HealthIT.gov also states that 79 percent of providers report that EHRs have increased their practice efficiency. EHRs give providers an opportunity to digitize many processes that would take a lot of time to fill out on paper. Furthermore, EHRs make it possible for providers to access patient information anywhere, communicate with colleagues and patients on the go and eliminate many costs of printing and faxing documents. Using EHRs can also reduce the time it takes to send information to colleagues, patients and vendors. EHRs have also been linked to reducing duplicate forms, making it easier for providers to locate important information.

3. Increased quality of care 
According to the National Institutes of Health, many studies associated with EHRs focus on quality of care. In general, EHRs can better patient care by increasing patient safety, as well as making care more efficient and effective. That’s because EHRs provide useful reminders regarding individual patients. An EHR may remind you to ask a patient certain questions, provide a service or schedule a follow up appointment. For providers, this makes it easier to monitor each patient, and can thereby be beneficial to long term patient care.

 

This article is brought to you by PREFERRED Therapy Providers Inc. PREFERRED is the nation’s leading payor management services network. Our expertise is working with physical, occupational and speech therapy practices – from single clinics to multiple clinic locations.