An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is an electronic version of a patient’s medical history. An EHR includes a detailed medical record with information like medications, vitals, immunizations, and even diagnoses.
The ultimate goal of transitioning from a paper-based records system to an EHR, is to reach the meaningful use requirements set forth by HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act).
An EHR allows information to be passed from departments seamlessly, so decisions can be made quickly and precisely.
Converting Patient Charts to an EHR System
One critical component in converting to an EHR is the security of your patients’ personal health information (PHI).
HIPAA regulations are extremely strict in protecting the privacy of your patient information, and deviation can lead to serious fines and penalties.
Migrating from paper records to digital keeps all of your patients’ information accessible without having to look through years of paperwork to find their history.
Going paperless also improves the flow of information, which is a critical component to optimizing your document management process while reducing costs of storage.
Converting to an EHR system starts with hiring a secure, HIPAA-compliant document management company to scan your current records and charts into a digital format. This process will index your documents, making them easy to edit, and accessible to anyone on your staff.
The Benefits of EHR Systems
EHR’s give hospitals and clinics a way to pass along patient information quickly and securely, which eliminates some of the risks involved with the quick decisions that have to be made on a daily basis.
EHR’s help healthcare providers manage patient care better by:
- Ensuring that you provide complete, up-to-date information about any of your patients
- Giving you easy access to patient records to increase efficiency and coordinate care between departments
- Providing the ability to share test results and diagnoses with patients and other clinics
- Reducing errors and mistakes due to misinformation, misdiagnosis, and incorrect prescriptions
- Increasing the security and privacy of personal health information
Get Free, No-Hassle Quotes on EHR Systems
Record Nations specializes in making this transition simple and cost-effective for practices of all sizes. If you’re looking for a quote on an Electronic Health Records System, fill out the form or give us a call at (866) 385-3706.
Within minutes of receiving your request, you will have free quotes from experts in your area that can help you select the system that best fits your specific needs.
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