Medical practices are often some of the busiest places you'll see. On any given day, medical professionals must communicate with staff, administrative personnel and, of course, their patients. As a result, planning, managing schedules and care coordination are all necessary for doctors on the go.
Electronic health records are even more important considering the vast majority of doctors are relying on smartphones, tablets and desktop computers to keep up with clinical workflow. A 2014 study published in the journal Pharmacy and Therapeutics shows that 87 percent of doctors use a tablet or smartphone in the workplace.
"IMS can free up a lot of time for doctors."
Keeping track of patient information isn't just beneficial for data migration, but it also frees up a lot more time for doctors. In fact, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, being able to access patient charts remotely was the No. 1 overall benefit of EHRs, according to doctors.
Here are some other reasons why EHRs are a great fit for busy medical professionals:
Communication and point-of-care resourcing
Having the ability to pull up patient information on an iPad or other mobile device is a tremendous benefit. Not only does this streamline workflow, but it also allows for more face-to-face interaction with the patient.
It wasn't too long ago that doctors relied on pagers and phone calls to communicate with others. However, with an EHR, doctors can have a direct two-way conversation with nurses as well as patients. This allows for quicker response times – benefiting patients and doctors who are already trying to find ways to save time in their schedules.
Coordination of care
Having access to a patient's history and clinical flow charts is very efficient when it comes to care coordination. The overwhelming consensus from the healthcare industry is that patient-centered, value-based care will become the norm. Since patients also use mobile devices on a large scale, having access to their doctor's treatment plan via patient portals is of great value and much more efficient than paper records.
Easy to track a patient's history
The great thing about Intelligent Medical Software (IMS) is that doctors can access a comprehensive and linear record of their patient's care. Although paper records can also document a patient's medical history, one-click access is far more efficient and streamlined for medical professionals. Additionally, entering the information instantly via tablet, smartphone or desktop can make the data you are including much more accurate.
Keep up with regulations easily
Meaningful use stage 3 and ICD-10 are just a few of the changes on the horizon for physicians, and in a busy office, medical professionals don't want to spend time worrying about these changes. With IMS, regulatory changes are built into the software, so doctors don't have to be concerned, and can then focus more on their patients.
Making the switch to an advanced EMR platform provides many benefits to providers, and one of these is quick access. With IMS' specialty templates, ease of use is also tailored to a medical professional's unique demands, creating a much more holistic coordination of care.