Patient Engagement: Involving Patients Through Mobile EMR Platforms

Getting your patients more involved through mobile EMR platforms can drastically increase the effectiveness of care administration

What’s all the hype about patient-engagement? Although it’s more prevalent in the media than ever before, patient-engagement is certainly not new. What’s changed are the means used to encourage and allow for patient-involvement. For years, doctors and physicians have been encouraging the involvement of patients in their own health care while lacking today’s technologies which have simplified this process.Patient EMR

An increasing number of patients receiving care were raised in the “Digital Generation” – meaning they are used to the accessibility of multiple services directly via phones, tablets, or computers. Self-involvement is growing through many areas of personal health management from apps designed to track caloric intake to apps displaying yoga positions. Obviously, patient-engagement in medical care is not far behind. In fact, apps made available by EHR & EMR software vendors such as Meditab Software Inc. are in high demand and these HIT (Healthcare Information Technology) companies are keeping up with the supply for the demand.

Key features in patient-engagement apps to look out for

Some of the most simple features are the features to keep an eye out for when deciding on a mobile EHR provider best suited for your practice. Key features include allowing patients to request and confirm appointments, view visitation notes, medications prescribed, billing details, and the capability to send and receive information through a secure messaging platform. The greater the ease-of-use, the more likely your patients will maintain consistent involvement with their own health care.

Benefit from these features as practices notice less cancellations and missed appointments, quicker payments for services provided, and higher qualities of care administered.

Cloud-based EHRs: The Advantages

Cloud-based EHRs are becoming a healthcare industry standard.

Medical practices are noticing the benefits of controlling their practice from the cloud instead of investing in costly servers, hardware, and software designed for on-site maintenance of patient data.

In a recent Black Book Rankings survey, data shows an increasing number of medical practices turning to cloud-based electronic record software systems. Practitioners mention that cloud-based EHRs are the largest trend in medical technology today.

Using “the cloud” means to store and use applications and data on the internet rather than on a hard drive in your office.

Client-server systems vs Cloud-based EHRs

Client-server systems – the traditional, non-cloud setup in which practices need an in-house server, hardware, and software to maintain data – come with costs that “can be hard to swallow,” explained Meditab COO, Kal Patel. “Since cloud-based EHR systems require no hardware installation or licensing fees, implementation is a fraction of the cost. Though practices pay a monthly fee, similar to a utility fee, the overall costs associated with cloud-based servers are minimal in comparison.”

Less effort is involved in the maintenance of cloud-based EHRs, particularly pertaining to IT support, repairs, and expenses. For example, a practice with a web-based EHR platform no longer needs to reach out to IT when it’s time to add doctors, office locations, employees, notes, and more.

In client-server systems servers contain the entire set-up. There are centralized controls and access restrictions, and more resources are allocated to the use and maintenance of these systems.

Advantages of Cloud-based EHRs

Cloud-based EHRs, such as Meditab Cloud Hosting, give providers access to patient data from the cloud instead of limiting data accessibility solely to the servers within the office. Providers can use tablets, PC, and iOS operating systems to pull up patient data from home, the office, or when traveling.

Meditab COO, Kal Patel, discussed the benefits of using a cloud-based EHR with a Healthcare IT (HIT) consultant. Efficiency often surfaced as a leading topic during their discussion. One of the most advantageous aspects resulting from the use of web-based EMR systems is the decrease in operating expenses for practices.

Meditab Cloud Hosting is designed to offer the following advantages:

  • Accessibility – Get more done. Anytime. Anywhere. Employees can access Intelligent Medical Systems in or out of the office by simply logging in from any device.
  • Reliability – Minimum downtime resulting in increased efficiency in the workplace.
  • Cost Reduction – Eliminate unnecessary spending on hardware and server licensing fees., and cut back the spend on ever-increasing IT maintenance fees
  • Flexibility – Meet business demands as they change. Quickly increase server capacity based on your storage needs.
  • Secured Data Management – Eliminate costly disaster recovery plans as our system consistently performs nightly backups of your data for emergency-restoration purposes.

More providers are implementing web-based EHRs every day. As this trend gains momentum, it’s become clear that cloud-based EHRs are the largest breakthrough in the medical software industry. Providers like Meditab are producing, coding, and implementing EHR software and EMR systems with features that surpass those offered by competitors.