Your practice is very likely utilizing an electronic health record (EHR) to record patient data and care. Are you using your EHR to its full potential to improve workflow, reduce stress and help ensure work/life balance?
Here are 10 ways you can optimize use of your EHR.
- Streamline workflow. An EHR can increase your efficiency by streamlining tasks to help ensure the right information is transferred to the right people or department. Full encounter documentation is improved, and an EHR’s automated coding capabilities provide ease of use.
- Automate tasks. EHRs can automate delivery of information that needs to be shared, whether with public health agencies or with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the purpose of quality measurement.
- Reduce administrative costs. EHRs can reduce the need for transcription costs, and can help reduce chart pull, storage, and re-filing costs. This can provide staff with more time to focus on value-added benefits for the patient.
- Reduce errors. With better access to patient data, and error prevention alerts built into the EHR, the incidence of error may be reduced.
- Improve patient health. Improve quality of care through better disease management and patient education. Many EHRs have a patient portal to securely send messages such as lab results, treatment plans, follow-up testing, and medications. These help patients take control of their health.
- Enable eprescribing. Electronic prescriptions, or ePrescribing, allow doctors to communicate directly with the pharmacy. This feature helps reduce medication errors, automatically checks for drug interactions, and is generally more convenient for patient, doctor, and pharmacist. In fact, many states are required by law to use eprescribing for controlled substances. Additionally, aggressive legislative activity is expected this year in the remaining states and territories in preparation for the January 1, 2021 Medicare Part D mandate.
- Communicate with other healthcare providers. An EHR can help enhance communications with other clinicians, labs, and health plans because of its easy access to patient information from anywhere, anytime. Those with an EHR can track electronic messages, automate formulary checks by health plans, order and receive lab tests and diagnostic images, and link to public health systems, such as registries and communicable disease databases.
- Enhance billing and collections. An EHR can help practices meet important regulation requirements through alerts that notify physicians to complete key regulatory data elements that can help avoid penalties. It can also potentially reduce time and resources needed for manual charge entry, resulting in more accurate billing and a reduction in lost charges.
- Reduce duplication of testing. Because all of a patient’s health information is in one place, it’s less likely that providers will have to spend time ordering and reviewing the results of unnecessary or duplicate tests and medical procedures.
- Improve quality. Use the EHR to proactively track and benchmark clinical quality measures and access real-time scorecards that help identify improvement opportunities.
Quest Diagnostics offers certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) to help you not only improve practice workflow, but also meet Quality Payment Program (QPP) mandates. To learn more about the Quanum™ EHR, contact us at 1.888.491.7900.