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Tuesday October 31, 2023

8 Ways Your EHR Can Transform Healthcare Efficiency

Electronic health record systems (EHR) are often the primary reason for physician burnout. That’s because using an inadequate EHR system can be like participating in a marathon with shoes that don't quite fit.

Physicians are tired of fitting the foot to the shoe when it comes to healthcare software solutions in general; they want an EHR designed in collaboration with real, live practitioners. People who understand the touchpoints and the frustrations. They want easy access to information, seamless communication between care providers, and drill-down analytics with data they can use to make informed care decisions, created by those who understand healthcare numbers aren’t always black and white.

In this blog, we’ll go through the criteria you should use when evaluating potential vendors or contemplating ways to optimize your existing EHR.

Evaluating Your EHR: Key Criteria for Success

Simplified Documentation

Since physicians and nurses devote a significant portion of their day documenting patient interactions and inputting data, enhancing documentation efficiency can reduce time spent on administrative tasks and allow more meaningful patient interaction.

For an EHR to provide streamlined documentation, it should include templates, task automation, and tools for simplifying documentation and order entry processes.

Hosted and Managed Systems

A hosted EHR solution can alleviate the burden on internal IT teams, offer additional cybersecurity safeguards, and minimize downtime for EHR users, including physicians, nurses, and hospital staff.

Efficient Clinical Workflows

EHRs designed to enhance patient care and safety while delivering an exceptional experience should align with clinicians' natural processes. Effective clinical workflows promote operational and financial efficiencies, as well as compliance with healthcare regulations.

Revenue Cycle Management

A hospital's primary goal is to deliver excellent care, but this can only be achieved if the organization's financial and revenue cycle performance is strong.

A comprehensive revenue cycle system enhances cash flow, financial performance, claims processing, and communication with patients, employers, and payers. Improving processes and gaining visibility into accounts receivable can significantly enhance financial performance.

Simplified Scheduling and Care Coordination

Coordinating care for patients can be challenging, but a user-friendly scheduling platform streamlines the process for both patients and healthcare professionals. Providers can efficiently schedule follow-up appointments and hospital procedures, while also sharing clinical information across platforms.

Seamless Provider-Patient Communication

EHR patient portals should provide secure online access to personal health records and tools for patients and caregivers to interact with each other.

Enhanced Patient Safety

Advanced EHR technology should prioritize patient safety via embedded clinical decision support throughout the continuum of care. Preventing diagnostic errors, such as missed or delayed diagnoses, is crucial.

The right EHRs can help organizations address systemic causes of diagnostic errors, including communication gaps, inefficient workflows, safety culture deficiencies, and limited performance data.

Mitigating Physician Burnout

Physician burnout can lead to medical errors, care quality issues, and physician attrition. EHRs with customizable systems, time-saving documentation features, and software optimization can help combat fatigue and reduce administrative burdens for physicians.

Solutions to Match Your Vision

Irrespective of your healthcare organization's size or specialization, one thing remains certain: EHRs should actively contribute to improving your overall flexibility and efficiency. If you believe there's room for improvement, it may be time to upgrade your EHR, leaving behind those ill-fitting running shoes.

To discover how your EHR can be a problem-solving asset for your healthcare institution, please contact us at or call 1.800.383.6278 to connect with one of our specialists.

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