Advanced Revenue Cycle Analytics: An Overview
There is a lot of good that comes from using EHRs. Patient data can be stored in one place electronically. It is not dependent on paper that could be lost or damaged. It can also allow for better data sharing between points of care (although the interoperability problem is not completely solved.) Despite the benefits of EHRs, most users find it frustrating to use. These are some ways to improve electronic health records, so we can build upon the good they already provide to healthcare.
Spend Less Time in the EHR
Dissatisfaction with EHRs is in part due to an increased amount of time spent documenting in them. Physicians today spend way more time on administrative tasks than in the past. A recent study by the AMA found that for every hour of face-to-face time with a patient, physicians are spending two hours documenting in the EHR. EHRs should not be where the doctor spends the majority of their time. It should be a resource for them, but they should not have to spend double the amount of time on their EHR that they do treating patients – it’s not in the job description.
Pull Needed Data Into One Screen
One of the main reasons EHRs can feel frustrating is because of how difficult it is to find the needed data for a patient visit. Doctors have to search through tab after tab to find demographics, medications, medical history, and more, and by the time they have gotten to the last tab of information they need, they may have forgotten what was on the first one. If all the data that a doctor needed to see was on one screen and in an easy to read format, it would remove a lot of the extra time they spend clicking. That time would be replaced by connecting with and treating their patients, which is what doctors want to do.
Make Them Customizable
EHRs tend to come in a one-size-fits-all format. The problem with that is that all practices are not the same. All physicians are not the same either. The data that matters to one doctor may not matter to another. EHRs should be able to reflect their varying needs. This only works if they can be customizable.
This is why many EHR vendors are opening up their APIs to third-party developers. By allowing these developers to create apps within the EHR, the possibilities for functionality are endless. That is where true customization can come in. Doctors can look through available apps and choose ones that allow the functionality that they need. This is the future of EHRs.
Do you want to see an EHR screen that is designed completely by YOU? Tell us what you need to see, and we will create a free demo of what this customized EHR screen looks like. The best part? You don’t have to switch EHRs. We can work with your existing EHR.