In “Doctor-Patient Communication: A Review,” authors Jennifer Fong Ha, MBBS, and Nancy Longnecker, PhD, indicate that “Patients reporting good communication with their doctor are more likely to be satisfied with their care, and especially to share pertinent information for accurate diagnosis of their problems, follow advice, and adhere to the prescribed treatment.”
Thus, establishing and keeping those communication lines open is not only a great way to improve your patient satisfaction level but also help them achieve higher levels of health. One way to achieve that goal is by using a certified electronic health record (EHR) system. This helps four different ways. (more…)
With all the new legal mandates involving electronic health records (EHRs), many doctors can be heard grumbling over all the extra work needed just to get paid and avoid fines. Indeed, some of this resistance comes from the fact that no one likes to feel forced to do anything. Change is hard but in most cases – especially with EHR’s – such change is meant for good reasons. Let’s distill the most common EHR complaints down to what they mean for the provider and how to resolve them.
Complaint #1: “EHRs Require Too Much Documentation”
When your chiropractic office doesn’t run as efficiently as it could, one of the most noticeable impacts is lower revenue at year’s end. In fact, some business experts suggest that 20 to 30 percent of a company’s annual income is wasted on various types of inefficiencies. That’s one-quarter of your profits that could be used to purchase new office equipment, acquire new patients, or even fund your retirement instead of being thrown out the window never to be seen again.
Indeed, using electronic health record (EHR) software that is inadequate contributes to this all-too-high number, which makes selecting an effective and efficient system essential to the financial health of your chiropractic practice. But choose the wrong EHR, and your costs could be more than just income. (more…)
The use of electronic health record (EHR) systems have consistently been on the rise. In fact, in recent years, the number of in-office healthcare professionals using EHRs increased from a minimum 20.8 percent to an impressive 82.8 percent according to statistics provided by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Additionally, the use of electronic systems is projected to continue to grow, with Healthcare IT News indicating that this market alone will increase at a rate of 7-8 percent (or by $35.2 billion) by the year 2019.
These numbers are particularly impressive considering that some studies have also found that two out of every three chiropractors still don’t have an EHR system in place. These figures also indicate that the chiropractic profession is falling behind in a healthcare industry that is increasingly moving from paper to electronic records. And the growing demand for this is the need for more efficient and effective healthcare management.
Indeed, there are many different EHR systems available, making it difficult to select the best one for your chiropractic practice. But whether you’re purchasing an EHR for the first time or you currently have an EHR, and you’re looking to update it or switch to a newer, better system, there are four elements you’ll want to consider before making your final buying decision. These are:
This guide intends to go through each one more thoroughly, providing you with the information you need to help you select the best EHR system for your specific chiropractic office. With that in mind, let’s look at what each area means and how it can impact your office by choosing an EHR that meets specific guidelines within it. (more…)
A cloud EHR system is a software application that is operated within a users web browser whereas a server EHR system is an application that is operated by a program installed on the user’s computer. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology reports that the number of office-based health professionals using electronic health record (EHR) systems has “nearly doubled” in recent years, rising from 42 percent to 82.8 percent. It comes as no surprise then that the electronic management of medical records has grown as an industry, climbing to a projected $35.2 billion by the year 2019. This means that if your chiropractic practice doesn’t already use an EHR, it’s likely that it will in the near future. (more…)
Many DCs are using electronic health record (EHR) systems to make their lives easier when it comes to office organization and record retention. These types of systems also improve chiropractic care for the patient. By offering some convenience-based services such as free online patient portals, email and text reminders, and sign-in kiosks, there’s no denying that an electronic records system provides many patient advantages.
However, there is one issue with some EHR systems that are common but rarely talked about. It’s a matter that impacts patient care, job satisfaction, and EHR adoption. And this issue can be summed up in two words: cognitive drift. (more…)