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EHRs Improve Mortality Rate and Increase Patient Satisfaction

EHRs Improve Mortality Rate and Increase Patient Satisfaction | EHR and Health IT Consulting |

Electronic health records (EHRs) have been adopted by thousands of hospitals. reported that nine out of 10 of all eligible hospitals achieved meaningful use through December 2014.

Once hospital staff members and physicians became accustomed to EHR technology, they and their patients reaped the many benefits offered by switching from paper to digital health records, including:

  • Patient information being more complete.
  • Diagnoses being more accurate.
  • Better data, leading to quicker and safer decision-making.
  • More convenience for patients with shorter wait times.
  • Integrated data improving the coordination of care.
  • Greater efficiencies leading to significant cost savings.
  • Fewer medical and medication errors.
  • Improved patient outcomes.

The cost savings and convenience delivered through EHRs are certainly valuable, but their positive contributions to patient care are even more noteworthy.

Predicting Mortality Rates
Studies show that EHR use yields significant clinical benefits. In one study conducted from 2010 through 2012, HIMSS Analytics and Healthgrades found that hospitals using advanced EHRs were better at predicting mortality rates.

Researchers studied 32 different procedures across 4,500 acute-care facilities, and evaluated the associated mortality rate. They then examined the hospitals’ EHR use, and concluded that those using more advanced EHRs were better able to predict mortality rates for most conditions, including stroke, heart attack, COPD, pneumonia, respiratory failure, and stomach and intestinal surgery.

Positive Clinical Outcomes
Through the HIMSS study, researchers also found that hospitals with advanced EHRs captured more patient information. And perhaps most interestingly, the mortality rates of the advanced-EHR hospitals actually improved for heart attack, small intestine surgery and respiratory failure.

How could EHRs lead to positive clinical outcomes? With improved data capture, physicians can better monitor additional patient risk factors, base their decisions on more complete information and manage patient care more effectively.

Healthcare professionals across the country are documenting lives saved thorough EHRs, particularly due to the universal anytime, anywhere access to a patient’s health record.

It’s clear that building improved care models and eliminating errors through missing, delayed or incomplete paper records have been a game-changing outcome of EHR use.

Increased Patient Satisfaction
Although physicians may not always communicate to patients the many benefits they can experience with EHRs, they have proven to be significant:

  • Efficiency is probably the most noticeable advantage, which becomes clear when patients are awaiting test results or diagnoses. Primary care physicians and specialists no longer need to contact each to obtain important information, or wait for a lab to send test results; lab results are now sent electronically to healthcare providers, and often directly to patients, as well.
  • Convenience is achieved through quicker appointment setting, as well as shorter office wait times as result of improved pre-visit communication.
  • Health improvements stem from more frequent reminders of important preventative measures, such as diabetes and cancer screenings.
  • Patient engagement often improves, especially when doctors use EHRs to educate patients about their health.
  • Increased time spent with the physician, as a result of reducing the time spent searching for charts or tracking down patient information.

When patients feel their time is respected, and understand the status of their health, they are more satisfied with the care they receive.

Successful EHR Implementation Yields Important Results
What is more important in healthcare than saving lives? By leveraging the power of EHRs, healthcare providers have the potential to continuously improve patient outcomes and decrease mortality rates, while improving the physician-patient relationship.

Implementing advanced EHRs equals a win for those on both sides of the screen.

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Amazing Charts Releases 2015 Predictions for Medicine and Technology

Amazing Charts Releases 2015 Predictions for Medicine and Technology | EHR and Health IT Consulting |

Amazing Charts, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems for physician practices, today issued its healthcare predictions for 2015.

1.      Membership Medicine Comes on Strong: The patient membership approach to medicine will grow in all forms, including value-based Direct Primary Care (DPC), high-end Concierge Medicine, and primary care services contracted directly by employers. Market-driven medicine, fueled by changes occurring in healthcare today, such as inexpensive health plans with very high deductibles, will continue to encourage consumers to explore more cost-effective alternatives for primary care.

2.      Patients Help Define the Experience: The patient, in partnership with the provider, will help define the care experience going forward. This trend will be powered by technologies that enhance face-to-face interaction in the exam room. One example is the projection of an EHR onto a large display screen to facilitate information sharing between provider and patient. This in turn will help reduce errors and misdiagnosis, as well as motivate patients to take a renewed interest in their own healthcare and treatment options.

3.      EHRs Get Personalized: The EHR market will further mature and become customizable for individual patient needs and treatment plans. Intuitive data analytics will play a critical role here, helping clinicians measure, assess and manage their specific patient populations to better define specific gaps in clinical care and introduce the latest evidenced-based treatment procedures or diagnostic techniques.

4.      Wearable Health Devices Empower Patients: Led by FitBit, the market for mobile health monitoring devices saw explosive growth in 2014. Now Apple is entering the scene, and 2015 promises to see even more apps and devices introduced to consumers. How the government regulates these devices may depend on how they are marketed. For example, a glucometer could be unregulated if the intent is for a user to monitor blood sugar levels for better nutrition. If the same glucometer is marketed for monitoring diabetics, however, it may be more strictly regulated as a medical device.

5.      EHR Interoperability Still Around the Corner: While all EHRs will not be able to seamlessly communicate in 2015, the core infrastructure for increased data liquidity will largely be in place. The data standards of the CCDA and its predecessor, the CCD, are increasingly used by EHR vendors. In addition, Meaningful Use Stage 2 mandates that patients can receive a digital summary of their own records on demand. These positive steps forward will combine in 2015 to get us closer to the promise of data interoperability.

6.      EHR Switching Accelerates: Many practices selected an EHR system lured by the promise of Meaningful Use incentives and now find themselves dissatisfied with their decision, primarily because the solution is not user friendly and slows them down. Despite barriers to switching systems, we will witness a mass conversion of solutions toward EHRs that better meet providers’ expectations and requirements.

7.      The Doctor Will NOT Be In: In 2015 and beyond we will see reimbursements drive the “virtual” appointment, whereby health plans will reimburse clinicians for online patient visits. Patients and their providers will connect over virtual platforms for scheduling, reviewing test results, writing prescriptions, etc. As they do, more and more insurers will follow suit as technology advances and claims its place in the doctor’s office.

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