Top Advantages of an EHR

10 Advantages of an EHR

Once a provider finds an EHR system that works for them and the way they practice medicine, most providers begin to realize the advantages of electronic health records, including:

  1. Access from anywhere: Whether on call or vacation, if you have a cloud or Internet-based system, you can usually access your patient’s records anywhere you have WIFI/Internet or cellular data access.
  2. Current information: With links to SureScripts for current medications and notes with other providers, you have more accurate information to make better patient decisions.
  3. Reminders: By letting the system track patient compliance and due dates for health maintenance items, you can spend time counseling patients instead of scouring paperwork.
  4. Safety: The EHR can warn you about medication contraindications, outstanding orders, and abnormal vital signs.
  5. Speed up documentation: The EHR can start notes with relevant prior information and automate documentation of common exam findings and other notes – while still allowing the note to be customized.
  6. Ensure proper coding: Get paid for the level of service you’re providing and ensure billing is correct the first time.
  7. Improve revenue: Ensure all visits are coded and submitted to insurance and nothing is left on the table.
  8. Easily collaborate with other providers: Share information electronically and avoid the headaches of lost faxes.
  9. Improve patient communication: Easily share notes and lab results with patients.
  10. Easily participate in Medicare’s MACRA/MIPS program: Avoid large reimbursement penalties and potentially earn incentives.

Most EHRs provide some of these advantages. A good EHR provides all of them. A great EHR includes training and other resources to ensure you are receiving all the advantages.

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