Friday, October 30 | Thought Leadership

What Makes Long-Term Care Workflows Unique?

By Netsmart

We often talk about how GEHRIMED is thoughtfully designed to fit the unique workflows of long-term care practitioners. But what exactly makes long-term care workflows unique? When you’re in the throes of your daily routine, it’s difficult to distinguish what sets it apart from other practices. So, let’s break it down.

Long-term care practitioners are moving targets.

Many physicians see all their patients in a single location. On the other hand, it’s not uncommon for long-term care practitioners like you to visit several facilities each week. You tend to patients in independent living communities, assisted living homes, skilled nursing facilities, and more. This constant relocation requires EHR software with both cloud-based and mobile-friendly workflows.

Long-term care patients are moving targets.

You work in so many different types of facilities. Therefore, you care for lots of patients with a wide variety of needs. Some are managing chronic conditions. Others recently experienced an acute injury. Others are recovering from the acute onset of an illness… the list goes on. These patients on any given day are admitted to the hospital, dismissed from the hospital, transferred to a skilled nursing facility for continued care, and transferred again as those care needs evolve. As a long-term care practitioner, the location of your patients and where you ultimately care for them is constantly in flux. Therefore, your EHR needs to employ workflows that make it easy to manage such a population without losing track of patients in the process.

Long-term care requires constant cross-team communication and collaboration.

When you walk into your partnering facilities to see your patients, you don’t work in a vacuum. In many instances, there are several interdisciplinary team members tending to your patients as well, providing care in the times that you are not on site. Therefore, everyone needs access to the same real-time patient records, and everyone needs to work together to implement the patient’s care plan successfully. For these reasons, long-term care-specific EHRs like GEHRIMED prioritize easy, automatic patient note delivery. Your workflow relies on your ability to share accurate patient information immediately and work in tandem with other medical professionals to provide top-quality care.

Long-term care practitioners are often their own administrators.

Many medical offices employ administrative assistants to operate the scheduling desk, manage referrals, and more. However, long-term care practitioners often assume these responsibilities themselves. In this sense, they are like an island. Luckily, they don’t have to do every single step manually when they utilize a long-term care EHR that can streamline some of the processes for them. For instance, GEHRIMED includes a handful of tools from scheduling to billing to help capture potentially dropped workflows and keep your practice running smoothly.

So, there you have it — several key components that make your workflow a unique one. What’s more, they clearly justify your need for equally unique software solutions that can help you navigate your workflow with ease. To learn more, schedule a demo today! 



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