Despite the rising power of EHR, they are still misunderstood by many practitioners
Over the years, the growth of EHR software has undoubtedly made it a popular choice for replacing time-consuming and tedious paper-based record-keeping procedures at hospitals and private practices. Many recent studies and surveys reflect how an EHR system streamlined workflows and made it more comfortable, error-free, and efficient. However, some common EHR myths exist and restrict medical professionals from making a switch to modern technology.
Let’s bust these common myths and explore some EMR facts to determine how an efficient EHR system would help your practice.
Myth: Implementing EHR is expensive
Fact: Implementation costs are often the biggest hindrance in switching to modern technology, and many medical professionals and practices believe EHR is expensive too. However, many certified systems exist today that are quite affordable, and EHRs are quickly becoming more of an industry standard. The growing competition among the EHR software vendors is also why prices are coming down, and even the solo and private medical practitioners can afford EHR now.
Myth: EHR Software makes patient/employee communications mechanical and unfriendly
Fact: There’s nothing like healthcare professionals feeding data into an EHR system that feels too mechanical and can deteriorate their relationship with the patients. Talking to the patients and explaining that the new system would help them keep accurate medical information more securely. It’s worth conveying to the patients that with EMR, there won’t be any flipping test results, missing charges, or similar mistakes in the future. Once the patients understand the importance of the new system, they’d be more than happy to take time and provide information that would keep their medical record up-to-date.
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Myth: Spending time on the computer can lead to low face-to-face physician/patient interactions
Fact: Well, that’s not the case. When physicians and medical professionals can have instant access to medical records, they can spare more time for direct, face-to-face interactions. They can listen to the patient more without having to divert attention by sorting through the paperwork.
Myth: EHRs are more of a security risk
Fact: An EHR system can make the patient records more secure by keeping everything in a cloud. The HIPAA laws cover the electronically protected health information (ePHI) of the patients. Besides, the cloud-based servers put in careful, tactical efforts (like data encryption, risk analyses, etc.) to ensure that they keep the patient’s ePHI private and secure.
Myth: It’s hard to learn and use an EHR System
Fact: The first EHR’s systems used to be quite technical and challenging to navigate for an average user. However, the growth of EHR software has changed the entire landscape. Today, EHR systems are designed for various industries like chiropractic care, mental health, and eye care rather than just the hospital settings. With the evolving technology, the EHR systems are continuously becoming more user-friendly. They have become more intuitive and easy-to-navigate.
With these EHR myths busted, you should carefully consider investing in an EHR system. This investment can potentially lead to high ROI, along with some added benefits such as better patient engagement.