Implementation of EHRs and their Outcomes

Electronic health records are mandatory for the healthcare practices to meet the ‘meaningful use’ requirements. The information available from the electronic health records coupled with data analytics helps provide the best medical care to patients and save innumerable lives. There are facilities that adopt comprehensive EHR solutions and those that adopt customized EHR solutions.

The comprehensive EHRs contain the whole medical information related to a patient irrespective of the number of physicians that have provided healthcare. These EHRs also communicate the care gaps and errors that may happen and facilitate taking preventive measures to avoid these. Although integrating a comprehensive EHR system is an expensive and time-consuming exercise, it provides benefits that outdo the troubles. The biggest beneficiary of this system is a patient because such system deals with the medical information of the patient in totality and it’s easier to communicate this information to all physicians who provide care.

The customized EHRs are often preferred by single specialty practices that want the EHR systems to be more specific to the practice. These EHRs come with benefits but also have costs associated with them that should be analyzed before taking the plunge. With the help of customized EHRs, the data can be captured more efficiently with improved accuracy that enhances the health outcomes considerably.

Whether it is a comprehensive EHR system or a customized one, physicians may find entering data into the systems to be burdensome, especially when they are not skilled at using computer and typing. However, these physicians will only later find these EHRs very valuable and handy when they can access critical patient information immediately without waiting for it to come from somewhere else. It is an acknowledged fact that additional time spent on accurate EHRs can be countered by the improved clinical outcomes and avoidance of dangerous medical errors or wrong medications.

Implementing efficient EHR solutions needs to be dealt as a long-term investment that even requires workflow modifications. Providing quality healthcare without appropriate EHRs will become difficult and impossible in the coming years as use of technology and artificial intelligence in the healthcare industry will require access to loads of powerful information in these records.