Electronic health records are an essential variable of the modern medical visit experience. Electronic health records (EHRs) provide an easy and safe way for patients to access their medical information, improving the patient experience and helping medical offices to operate more efficiently and effectively. EHRs are essentially a digital form of a person’s paperwork, not to be confused with Electronic Medical Records, which are a digital form of a patient’s chart. Both are important, but a patient’s electronic health record is going to be the more useful and continuously updated part of the package. Read on to learn why electronic health records are important to both provider offices and to the patient.
Ensure Information Is Up-To-Date And Easy to Access
EHRs provide patients with a convenient and secure way to access their medical information. Because patients can typically access their electronic health records through a portal, it frees up your staff. Electronic health records improve efficiency and work-life balance for providers and staff by making it easier to access patient information. Allowing patients access to their own health records also helps to ensure that their information is as up-to-date as possible since the patient can directly see when there is an issue.
Benefit The Providers
Offering EHRs to your patients also benefits your medical practice. Electronic health records make it simpler for providers and staff to access the information that they need, improving work-life balance and efficiency in the office. Electronic health records can help providers be more efficient by freeing them up to focus on their primary responsibility: diagnosing patients and providing care. Electronic health records also make care safer by ensuring that providers have quick access to up-to-date patient information, including previous prescriptions. Electronic health records can help reduce medical practice costs by decreasing paperwork and allowing staff to focus on revenue-generating tasks.
When patients can easily and quickly access their information, they can also get answers to their questions quickly. Most electronic health record systems also include a patient portal that allows patients to send questions and fill out forms at their convenience. This improved communication leads to better service and better outcomes.
Improve Care Experience
Using electronic health records also allows you to provide the best possible care experience for your patients. Many offices are looking for ways to improve the patient experience, such as by providing value-based care. However, there is always more that can be done. Anything that makes it easier for patients is likely to improve their experience.
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