Can EHR Software Cause More Harm than Good?
When the time comes to implement an EHR system, you will have many questions on your mind. Among the most important is: will your practice truly benefit from this change?
Taking this one step further, you may be concerned that the software could cause more harm than good.
You are aware of the benefits associated with electronic health records, such as less paper and more accuracy, but that doesn’t mean you are completely sold on the idea.
To ensure that you are on the right track, to ensure that you get every last benefit out of this software, there are a few things you need to do:
- Identify your goals. Early on, you need to set realistic goals for your software. What are you trying to accomplish? What process will you follow? Once you have goals in place, you can make decisions that allow you to focus on the good, while keeping potential problems on the outside.
- Select the right EHR software. With so many applications to choose from, it is easy to get mixed up along the way. Make sure you do enough research. Make sure you know exactly what you are getting with the software you choose.
- Get serious about training. This is where many problems come into play. With the right training, everybody is on the same page. With no training, troubles come to the forefront and all the benefits get overlooked.
All in all, there are not too many situations in which EHR software will cause more harm than good. If you are concerned about this, keep a close watch on the three details above. With so many potential benefits, you want to make sure you are taking full advantage of your software at all times.