What's the difference between an EMR and an EHR?
Generally an EMR (electronic medical record) contains the standard medical and clinical data gathered in one provider’s office - pretty much like paper charts. However, EHRs (electronic health records) reach beyond the data collected in the one provider’s office and include a more comprehensive history of the patient. EHRs are developed to collect and share information from all
providers involved in a patient’s care and that information can move with the patient to other types of healthcare providers, hospitals, specialists etc. as needed.
How would an EHR system help us better care for our patients?
Although paper records and EMR systems allow you to document a patient's medical information, analyzing, utilizing and sharing this data with other healthcare providers and organizations is nearly impossible. An EHR system allows you to easily track all types of data over a period of time AND it provides an easy way to use the data that not only you collect, but what all of a patient's providers are gathering.
Is an EHR system really worth the cost?
Let's take a quick "Review of Systems" for your practice:
Start thinking about how much time, energy and other resources are consumed every day, with every patient. That adds up to a lot, doesn't it?
- Do you have lag time in processing claims or having too many claims denied?
- Are you experiencing issues with inaccurate or missed billing?
- Do you feel there is a lot of time wasted with tracking down, prepping or filing (re-filing) charts?
- Is it difficult to verify a patient's allergies and medications?
- Do your providers and staff have to repeat the same information over and over on different forms?
- Do you get frustrated with notes being completed and signed off on in a timely manner?
- Do your patients' messages get to the right person and are they answered as quickly as you would like?
- Are you concerned about the constantly changing government requirements and complying with them?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then a discussion about an EHR is at least worth your time!
We have an EHR system that just doesn't work for us, now what?
Believe it or not, this is a common complaint we've heard a lot, especially from practice managers and providers who bought a solution early on. With so many options now, there should be a solution available for your practice. It may be ours, or it may not be. The reality is if your EHR system is not making life easier for you and your providers and resulting in better care coordination for your patients, you deserve to take another look.
Inforia's CaregiverDesktop EHR solution does more than just collect data. It works
with your providers and staff in their everyday workflows collecting, analyzing, communicating, sharing and streamlining the data needed to provide your patients with the highest care possible ... and our low monthly fee is MORE than worth it!