Paperwork is an integral part of the business process. It is a way of delivering care, maintaining records and an important method of communication. Paperwork keeps order and binds the organization like a nylon thread. It clarifies and tracks where you have been, what you have given, what medicines have used, and what you have recommended and other important information.
Switching from paper to digital is often the key for many practices that aids them to improve medical practice management and better equip patients and staff. However, the current amount of paperwork make practioners unable to prioritise and focus their energies on documents effectively and, most importantly, it reduces the time they have to care for the patient.
Fortunately, three resources can help practice managers and owners operate more efficiently by reducing the paperwork:
Below are some of the undeniable benefits of electronic health records (EHR) over paper records, along with actionable ways to take a digital approach and reduce paperwork across practice.
- Electronic Self-Service Solutions: This promises a "paperless" office, and thus the streamlined business processes. Using this, patients can easily confirm the scheduled appointments, track future appointments or can easily check in for an appointment,allowing staff to spend time on other important tasks and responsibilities. Patients can view and print their schedule based on information. This practice reduces amount of physical paperwork, but also improves each patient’s experience. This system simply pulls up patient’s information. Electronic self-service solutions empowers patients to check in electronically, which expedites patient data collection, reduces physical paperwork, and makes it easier to assess a patients condition.
- Management Service Organizations (MSOs): This healthcare organization, provides administrative support services to individual physicians and group practices. This relieves physicians of non-medical business functions such as such as billing and collections, payroll and other human resource tasks, physician recruitment, group purchasing, IT support, website design, and negotiations with health insurers, so they can focus on their medical practices. Thus, burden of paperwork is completley now on MSO, which means physicians can spend more time with their patients which results in optimized health care delivery.
- Electronic Health Record Software Solutions: EHR is a digital version of a patient record. It contains a patient’s medical history, diagnosis records, medications, treatment plans, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images, and laboratory and test results. The health information can be created and managed by authorized providers in a digital format capable of being shared with other providers across more than one health care organization. EHRs share information with other health care providers and organizations such as laboratories, specialists, medical imaging facilities, pharmacies, emergency facilities, and school and workplace clinics.
Therefore, these systems reduce the time consumed for paperwork, thereby allowing healthcare professionals spend their more time addressing patients needs, queries, care and treatment.