Start by Understanding the Basics of Electronic Health Records
Before you can take advantage of EHR software, before you implement this technology, you first need to do one thing: learn more about the basics.
By focusing on the basics of electronic health records, it becomes easier to understand what you are doing now, the changes you can make in the future, and how your practice will be impacted.
HealthIT.gov defines an electronic health record as follows:
“An electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users.”
In addition to a basic definition, you should also better understand what EHR’s can do:
- Contain a variety of patient information, including but not limited to medical history, medications, diagnoses, and treatment plans.
- Automate provider workflow.
- Access tools that providers can use to make more informed decisions regarding a patient’s care.
Along with the above, an EHR can be easily shared between authorized providers, allowing patients to receive a higher level of care across more than one organization.
By containing information from all doctors involved in a patient’s care, every medical professional has a better idea of the person’s overall situation. Once again, this helps ensure that the best possible decisions are made.
Do you understand all that? If so, it’s time to move on. You have a grip on the basics, and you can now focus on choosing EHR software that suits the needs of your practice.
Sometimes, an understanding of the basics is all it takes to make a confident decision. There is more to EHR software than meets the eye, but when you “start at the start” you’ll be on the right path to doing things the right way.