Have you been to the doctor recently? If you have, did you notice some different processes? Maybe you filled out your new patient forms online before coming in or maybe you even checked in on a tablet.
For years, patients have been waiting for the healthcare industry to catch up with modern day technology. When you can upload photos to social media in seconds, you get used to functioning in a digital space and begin to expect that quick and easy turnaround in every part of your life. The day is finally arriving for patients to take advantage of technological advances by checking in, filling out forms, and viewing test results online.
Luckily, hospitals and physician practices are listening. Moving to an advanced EMR system and making the switch to digital processes is becoming a major focus for most healthcare entities. Keeping patient records stored and tracked online helps to keep the information accurate and accessible.
Security Should Be Top of Mind
Maintaining large file rooms filled with patient records makes finding the information difficult and it’s also not very secure. In a life or death situation, wouldn’t you prefer to have all of your information stored securely online rather than lying in a file cabinet somewhere? When records are spread across multiple hospitals and not filed into one system, you find gaps in communication and risk potential medical errors in treatment.
Nothing Beats the Combination of Speed & Accuracy
On top of safety concerns, finding a comprehensive system takes a huge weight off the entire staff. Nurses can quickly key-in information, doctors can update files and treatment plans on a mobile device, and the office staff can send information to the patients, insurers and other offices quickly and easily.
Entrust Someone Who’s in It for You
While everyone is starting to really see the benefits of moving their healthcare processes to the digital space, getting there can seem daunting. Finding a good partner to walk through the transition is essential. There will be a lot of moving parts so having an expert who knows both the electronic side of things and the scanning side will make your life a whole lot easier.
At the end of the day, the world is moving toward a digital environment and if you’re not on the train already, it’s time to hop on. Patients expect it and your staff will thank you.