Digital record keeping is here to stay – and is evolving in leaps and bounds. The vast array of hardware and software available can be confusing to even those well versed with the current digital technology. In order to differentiate between the vast arrays of available technology, industries tend to create their own vernacular for them.
Electronic Health Records (EHR) effectively refers to the digitization of the patient’s information charts for archival and retrieval purposes in future. This digitized information is easy to access, even from remote locations, thus ensuring that the physician has accurate information about the patient’s medical history at his fingertips at all times.
The tactful benefits offered by digitization of patient records have pushed physicians to aggressively adopt EHR in their practices.
It takes just a jiffy to send an online message – compare that to the days gone by, when paper-based systems made sending messages an onerous task. That is an improvement in our fast paced world today, or is it? The ease and speed of instant messages has resulted in people sending and receiving far too many messages which take more time and concentration to read,
Since the beginning of time, communication has been the most important factor in human relationships. In time, the way we communicate has evolved and today, technology plays a huge role in our communication with each other. Communication between patients and providers is gaining importance in the healthcare industry. Good communication with your patients will result in them following your advice,
The passion to cure people of ailments is what drives a person to become a physician. However, just medically treating people is no longer the only work that a physician needs to do – there are so many other things that demand his attention on a regular basis. Juggling between treating patients and running a practice often brings in many challenges that need to be faced on a daily basis.
According to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), providers and hospitals who demonstrate the meaningful use of a certified electronic health record (EHR) system, are eligible for incentive payments.
The meaningful use programs seemed to have worked well, with office based physician EHR use jumping from 67.5% in 2013 to 74.1% in 2014.
The New Year witnessed a happy and healthy resolution connected to the importance of health information technology, made by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The center stated in its release, “We are working diligently to improve the means for information exchange and electronic data sharing across and among providers and health systems.”
Revenue cycle is defined by the Healthcare Financial Management Association as “All administrative and clinical functions that contribute to the capture, management, and collection of patient service revenue.” The term includes the entire tenure of a patient account – from its creation to the payment. The process of revenue cycle flows into and affects each component of the system.
Technology is a two way sword – adopting the correct technology will reap you good rewards and high profits; however, choosing the wrong technology will bring down your efficiency and prove costly. Selecting an Electronic Health Record system is a critical decision as it is a big investment for hospitals. According to a recent survey by Software Advice,