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How Does EMR Software Improve the Patient Experience

EMR software has revolutionized the way providers and patients interact. By digitizing patient health information, EMR software provides a single source of truth for clinicians and patients. This allows patients to access their records from any device and makes it easier for doctors to prescribe medications and track patient care. EMR software also automates many clerical tasks, freeing up providers to spend more time with patients.

Efficient Data Entry

EMR software allows for increased efficiency when it comes to data entry. From entering patient information to documentation to billing, everything flows together so minimal data entry is needed. Data flow is extremely efficient when it comes to patients returning for new episodes of care. Staff members can simply open a new case and have all of the information from previous cases, including demographic and insurance information, right in front of them to simply have the patient verify their information.

Accurate Patient Histories

Another way EMR software improves the patient experience is by improving the accuracy of the data that is entered. This is especially true when one software is interfacing with another software. In these cases, information can flow back and forth so that double data entry is eliminated, and the chances of incorrect information being inputted is minimized.

Along those same lines, it allows for a patient’s health history to be more comprehensive than ever before. EMR software allows clinics to eliminate paper charts and gives users the ability to quickly search for information from a patient’s past. In the rehabilitation world, this can be especially helpful when it comes to looking at a patient’s treatment history and using that to help develop a plan of care that has a high chance of being successful.

Patient-to-Provider Communication

Furthermore, EMR software helps open the communication lines between providers and their patients. Nowadays, it is common for patients to fill out intake information in a patient portal which gets sent directly to the clinic that they will be seen at. Additionally, some software may allow for patients and providers to communicate back and forth using the portal. For example, patients can ask providers questions about their home exercise programs or providers can follow-up with patients after discharge to see how they are doing. This can even open the door for better patient engagement such as sending and receiving feedback surveys.

24/7 Secure Data

Perhaps one of the best ways EMR software enhances the patient experience is because of its cutting-edge security features. Thanks to HIPAA, both providers and patients understand the security risk that is associated with health information. The software helps to keep the data secure by encrypting it and ensuring that only authorized personnel have access to it. The software also tracks changes to patient data so that in the event of problem, system administrators can look back to see what users accessed what data. This information can be huge when it comes to troubleshooting medical fraud, breaches, etc.

Ultimately, EMR software is a valuable tool that healthcare providers and patients can use to improve communication and the overall patient experience. It is a critical part of the healthcare industry, and it will only be enhanced in the years to come. In order to continue to provide top of the line patient experiences, healthcare providers should consider using EMR software to manage their patients’ care.

 

 

From the CareThreads Blog