Improve Quality of Care
EHRs provide access to structured longitudinal patient information which can improve diagnostic accuracy, reduce errors, and facilitate the best possible treatment decisions. EHRs can track patients individually or by disease group to query preventive/screening or chronic disease management services. Providers can also sample treatment protocols to assess effectiveness.
Quality Tracking and Reporting
The Medicare/Medicaid financial incentive programs require the ability to track and report required data. EHRs allow practitioners to survey their quality indicator compliance rates and report.
Refocus Operating Costs
Since EHRs eliminate paper documentation, practices can avoid costs related to transcription, supplies, and record storage. Staff time saved on chart pulls, documentation, and other related activities could be reallocated to additional priorities.
Transform Office Space
Space saved on chart storage can be converted into profitable exam space.
Enhance Patient Safety
EHRs cross reference patient problems, allergies, and medications, alerting the provider when a potential contraindication is found. Lab results are also documented in a more timely manner, allowing for faster follow up.
Access Patient Information Remotely
EHRs allow for remote access to patient information, which is especially useful to physicians who are on call or who are not in the office.