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EHR As a Means to Better Co-Ordinate and Control Care Processes

January 15, 2013



The success of health care has always been determined by how best care providers are able to coordinate the care processes across the clinical cycle – right from the time patients are admitted till they are pronounced cured. While clinical decision often lies with the primary physicians, clinical management may be divided among several departments or intervening specialists depending upon the complexities of clinical cases. Each clinical constituent may have specific, limited interactions with the patient and, depending on his/her area of expertise, may come up with his/her own view of the patient. While each of such views contribute to the ultimate clinical outcome, they information largely remains fragmented into disconnected facts and clusters of symptoms. As a result, clinical decision-makers are increasingly reliant on systems that keep disjointed clinical views into a cohesive clinical data.

Just as internet and web medium continues to evolve newer systems of care co-ordination, EHR is thought upon as the best technology system ever. While there could be arguments in favor of or against EHR as means to control clinical process, there is little doubt as to its ability to decrease the fragmentation of care by improving care coordination. EHRs have the potential to integrate and organize patient health information and facilitate its instant distribution among all authorized providers involved in a patient's care. With a well-networked EHR across the clinical continuum, care provider can expect:

  • superior integration among providers by improved information sharing
  • to monitor and control the effect of medication
  • to seek entry at point of care or off-site
  • consistency of data, order sets, and care plans helping to implement common treatment of patients using evidence-based medicine
  • gain access to experts for rural health care providers by sharing best practices and allowing for specialized care through telemedicine,
  • have population management trended data and treatment and outcome studies,
  • be armed with more convenient, faster, and simpler disease management

These multiple utilities promise to be a positive influence on health care quality and convenience. Amongst a series of EHR-enables advantages, providers will primarily be benefited with

  • Instant access to patient records from inpatient and remote locations for more coordinated, efficient care
  • Superior decision support, clinical alerts, reminders, and medical information
  • Performance-improving tools, real-time quality reporting
  • Clear, complete documentation that facilitates accurate coding and billing
  • Ready interfaces with labs, registries, and other EHRs
  • Improved, safer, and more reliable prescribing

Providers, who are always dictated by clinical excellence, should welcome EHR as a means to enhance primarily clinical efficiency as well as operational efficiency at large. While internal staff can be acquainted with the functioning of EHR, implementation of EHR need necessarily be done by experts. Medicalbillersandcoders.com – who has been the first to mediate with critical processes and systems on behalf of care providers – have the experience and expertise to enable care providers with decision-supportive EHR systems. Our resource base, spread across the 50 states in the U.S., is capable of customizing EHR systems in sync with your practice sizes and disciplines.

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Category : EMR / EHR / Health IT