January 8, 2020
Medical office management isn’t easy, and managing patient information is a big part of what makes it so difficult. Patient records are governed by strict government rules about confidentiality and what you can and cannot share with other entities, As stated on HHS.gov, HIPAA “establishes a national set of security standards for protecting certain health information that is held or transferred in electronic form.”
This means that keeping patient health information secure takes priority. That said, there are some key areas for improvement when it comes to managing a medical office, and many of them have to do with streamlining the management of patient information.
First of all, filing, filling out, scanning, faxing, printing, copying, stapling, and organizing paperwork is a loss for productivity in your office and steals valuable patient-facing time away from your team. It may even force you to hire someone whose job is to wrangle the paperwork, which costs you money unnecessarily. Such a position is often one of high turnover, meaning you’ll have to train people for the position repeatedly. The use of EHR eliminates all of these considerations.
Second of all, an EHR system not only contains information, it easily manipulates it as well. Among other benefits, this means:
What does all of this lead to? Improved patient outcomes, error reduction, better patient safety standards, happier patients and even higher gross income. For example, one study reported that a particular rural practice, after implementing EHR, saw the following results:
Electronic prescribing, which is also known as e-prescribing or eRx, is a way that your healthcare team can send your prescriptions to pharmacies (such as Medly Pharmacy) electronically.
This bypasses the traditional pharmacy experience, where your doctor hand-writes a prescription and then has you take it to your pharmacy. Instead, your doctor orders your medication through their office computer, which sends a secure electronic prescription to your pharmacy.
Electronic prescribing has many benefits. These benefits include:
Electronic systems can make managing patient information much easier and more profitable for your practice. In order to reduce errors, increase your practice’s income and raise the efficiency level of your office, it may be the right move for your practice to switch to an EHR system and begin the use of eRx. Hopefully, the benefits listed above help you understand how and why a switch to a more electronic system can improve your practice.