8 benefits of EMR integrated Patient Portals

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software have truly changed the face of healthcare industry. They are no longer simple computer software simplifying the practitioners’ daily tasks but have come of age to work as more advanced means to deliver better healthcare. They are now also equipped with Patient Portals to let the patients take more control of their own health. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits EMR integrated Patient Portals are offering.

1.       Health Information Exchange (HIE): A very useful benefit of Patient Portals is that they allow for a convenient exchange of health information which was otherwise not possible with older systems. A patient’s key stats can be shown to him/her through the portal in a more meaningful way than ever before. It saves a lot of time and cost for the practice as well.

2.       Patient engagement: According to a survey, patients are now taking more control over their medical procedures than ever before. Patient Portals are another way of helping the practice engage patients in a better way.

3.       Renewing medications: Patients can now easily renew their prescriptions and ask for additional medications if needed through a Patient Portal.

4.       Receiving specific lab test results: Patients are also able to view specific lab test results with the help of their Patient Portals.

5.       Scheduling appointments: In addition to the above, the patients can now also schedule meetings with their physicians through their portal.

6.       Better patient care: With the help of Patient Portals, delivery of better patient care is made possible than ever before. Physicians can engage patients better, which ultimately leads to better patient care.

7.       Alerts to patients: Physicians are now also using Patient Portals to send alerts of any health-related information to the patients.

8.       Statements: Patients can also view all of their reports, data, personal details and other information related to them in a more interactive and summarized way.

These were a few benefits of EMR integrated Patient Portals which have now become a standard for all EMR vendors present in the market.

Electronic Medical Records: The need of the hour

Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are a way through which the face of medical healthcare industry is changing rapidly. In the last 5 years or so, practices across the country have adopted EMR and EHR solutions to streamline not only their own operations, but also revolutionize the industry overall.
In addition to EMRs, Practice Management and medical billing software are also assisting the practices across U.S. and the industry is moving towards greater avenues.
Importance of Electronic Medical Records is the need of the hour. The government is introducing the much-debated healthcare act, Obamacare, which will further streamline the entire industry. The importance of EMR could be understood from the fact that medical practices can now save more time through the software and do not need to spend unnecessary time on paper work. According to a survey, doctors lose up to 10 hours per week if they use paper-based systems for their practice. In comparison, nurses who have been using EHR systems, have seen a decrease in their documentation time by as much as 45%.

Such stats are only reflective of the fact that doctors can now spend valuable time on direct patient care and have increased patient engagement through their patient portals. Because the medical practitioners get to spend more time with their patients, they can give better and quality care which ultimately enables them to qualify for many federal incentives.
Using EHR/EMR software also enables practices to gear themselves up for ICD-10 and Meaningful Use, a pre-requisite for the upcoming Accountable Care Organizations model in Obamacare. And practices also do not have a lot of time up their sleeves. They only have until October 1, 2014 to implement Electronic Medical Records system in their practices. It is about time they started doing it now since implementation, training, setup and coding can take up to a year to complete.