Ever since Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) have been available in the market, on one hand majority healthcare professionals have embraced the use of EMRs and supported the technology, while on the other hand some physicians have shown resentment towards implementing the technology. No matter what, one thing is certain; EMRs have made an impact on medical practices as well as on the physicians. While some physicians can’t stop whining about the drawbacks, a lot of physicians also cannot stay back from discussing the benefits of EMRs.
Let’s see what the EMR advocates have to say about the technology. A few days ago, I met a physician and as we discussed, he couldn’t stop lauding the advantages that these solutions have brought to the healthcare industry. According to him, besides improving the quality of care delivery and enhancing patient safety, EMRs have also helped physicians cut their monetary and non-monetary costs. Moreover, an all-in-one EMR solution also includes features which enable physicians to have complete control over their billing procedures, reporting capabilities, and other workflow management. “All-in-one EMR solutions are the perfect tools that physicians could have to efficiently run their practices. From scheduling patient appointments, to documenting patient encounters and making financial reports, these solutions help physicians do it all”, he further added.
As mentioned above, EMRs help physicians address the issues related to costs. It would not be absurd to claim that these solutions also bring financial benefits with them. Of course the government’s financial incentive program is one way of helping physicians get their hands on some money. But, the functionality itself can help physicians save a lot of money. According to statistical reports, a significant improvement has been witnessed in the number of malpractice claims through the use of EMRs.
Features like medical transcription and cpt billing codes, have helped physicians improve the quality of care delivery and reduce the number of claim denials. Moreover, EMRs have completely revamped the traditional practice norms – completely eliminating paper use. However, it is also important for physicians to choose the right EMR solution. Today, the all-in-one EMR solutions are the most preferred ones. Not only have they helped physicians with switching to efficient methods of clinical documentation but also with optimizing other administrative tasks.