Information Technology has transformed the healthcare medicine considerably. Healthcare medicine is greatly dependent on the variety of patient information collected. A solid and centralized flow of information within the digital healthcare infrastructure is enabled by electronic health records (EHRs). EHRs operate in a way that it can better understand, impact, and transform the healthcare delivery by allowing easy access to all the necessary information about patient care, whenever and wherever needed. All the information collected in EHRs is originated from different sources like staff inputting the data, provider’s clinical charting, patients sharing their data, or importing data through an interface of other information sources.
Ways of using EHR
Considering data as the essential characteristic, the following are best use practices of Electronic Health Records (EHRs):
Manage patients’ statistics and their documented data. Arrange a list of patient symptoms and a list of medications to match both the list in a definitive manner, which would aid providers in decision making for better patient care.
Making insurance service coverage and drug eligibility verification for patients thereby allowing transparency and also helping to decrease costs.
Clinical charting for appointment and order entries in an efficient way for the provider that is in alignment with compliance. Making orders for Medication, Lab, Diagnostics, and Referrals through an electronic way to reduce paperwork and probable human errors.
Provide data access to the patients via a portal, for viewing online or downloading the clinical summaries of every visit, or transmitting information from their medical records. Classifying and dispensing relevant medical education to patients with certain health conditions during the appointment along with making it available on the patient portal.
Generating alerts and reminders related to health conditions for protocol based preventive services, screening, interventions, and tests, followed by arranging appointments for patients. This practice would help to reduce preventable diseases, medical mistakes, and avoid duplication of medications and procedures.
Generating a list of patients with specific health conditions and such other clinical data for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) and Patient Health Population.
Scheduling vaccination, administrating and reporting the same to state registries as well as pulling data by the query.
Managing data of Lab reports in EHRs discretely to help provider to monitor the treatment progression, based on which decisions can be made for the further care plan.
Assessing MU and other Incentive Programs regularly to ensure strict compliance is achieved.
Improve care coordination by transferring information from EHR to other EHR, HIS, and other systems. It would benefit the providers to have same, accurate, and up-to-date data of a patient at the point of care.
Providers who have EHRs in place have realized that the software helps in enhancing medical practice management by building practice efficiencies and cost savings. With the best use of EHRs, medical practice management has greatly improved scheduling with linking appointments straight to visit notes, continuous coding, and managed claims through its reimbursement.
By: Divan Dave and Daxesh Jani
Divan Dave – CEO of OmniMD
Divan Dave is the chief executive officer of OmniMD. OmniMD has grown to be a noted provider of inventive Cloud EHR, Medical Billing, and Medical Practice Management solutions. These solutions transform the clinical and operational workflows of healthcare practices of all shapes and sizes. OmniMD is ranked amongst the fastest growing INC. 500:5000 private companies for two years in succession. Talking of today, over 12,000 health care providers have bettered their clinical processes, patient care, and collections in collaboration with OmniMD using innovative solutions. OmniMD is an extension of Integrated Systems Management Inc. (ISM), also founded by Mr. Divan Dave in 1989. Both are international companies with clients based in the United States, India, and the Middle East, planning rapid expansion.
Dave is determined to achieving excellence and the same is witnessed as a result of his education. He settled in the United States, from India, with double Master education (Organic Chemistry and Computer Science) and acquired one more Master’s degree in Computer Science from CUNY in 1986. Dave spent some years after his Master’s with Thomson Financial Group where he managed to perform the role of an executive leader in a mission-critical application, past the launch of ISM.
Dave believes in the 360-degree growth of his personnel’s career and protects their spiritual, financial and physical well-being. This attitude of him stems from his personal commitment to feeling fulfilled in every facet of life. He is a great believer and follower of Yoga, and so he gives free Yoga lessons to all the employees as a part of company’s betterment program. Together with Yoga classes, he also offers language education, career development seminars, and art and music sessions.