The healthcare industry has seen a significant shift toward digitalization in the last few years. The use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) improves the quality of patient care and reduces costs. Through this article, we aim to provide an overview of how EMR works from the patient acquisition stage to post-care.
The patient acquisition phase includes the first point of contact with the patient, which could be through a website in-person visit. Patients can access medical records, schedule appointments, and communicate with their providers through these portals. Thus a successful EMR integration makes the acquisition process smooth as the patients’ information enables them to have a holistic view of the patient’s medical history.
During the clinical stage, the healthcare provider needs to have all the relevant patient information to make informed and accurate decisions about the patient’s care. EMR systems ensure that all the patient data required to provide clinical services are available in one central location and can be accessed by authorized personnel anywhere, anytime.
EMR systems store patient-specific data such as medical history, test results, prescription data, etc., which can be used to better manage chronic conditions, prevent medication interactions, and improve care coordination between healthcare providers. Patient charts, care plans, and progress notes are all part of the EMR and can streamline the clinical workflow enabling patients to receive more personalized care with better outcomes.
EMR systems make billing a seamless process. They can automate billing and claims filing, including checking patient eligibility before treatments and procedures, which reduces errors in billing and makes it easier to catch errors before patients receive incorrect bills. It also helps to streamline the handling of insurance payments and claims, making the back-end administration of healthcare more efficient.
Once the patient completes their treatment, post-care is an essential part of the entire healthcare journey. EMR systems can accompany patients even after their treatments by providing relevant information for follow-up appointments, providing medication management, conducting post-treatment surveys for feedback, and much more.
EMR patient tracking systems can track patient outcomes and follow up with patients after their visits, improve medication adherence, oversee discharge planning, and reduce readmissions. This tracking ensures that patients continue receiving care and monitoring over time to ensure a full recovery.
To Sum Up
EMR has revolutionized the entire healthcare industry by streamlining the entire healthcare journey for patients. As patient records can be accessed efficiently, healthcare providers can make more informed decisions to give tailored treatment while taking cost optimizations into consideration. As the healthcare industry continues to expand, EMR systems will play a more significant role in providing better care by optimizing workflows to maximize patient outcomes.