Making sure your practice runs smoothly can be a challenge when you are using folders full of paper documents to maintain patient records or outdated software programs to handle billing and scheduling tasks. Making the switch to a paperless office by digitizing patient records and implementing a document management system for easy sharing of photos and other media can help to streamline many day-to-day activities — and also reduce overall costs.
Here are three ways an EMR, or electronic medical records system, can improve your practice:
#1: Improve office workflow.
> If your practice is having productivity issues because of a lack of organization and a constant problem of losing paperwork, going digital could help to streamline many of your daily activities. An EMR can eliminate the need to make and store copies of documents, prepare thick files for each patient, and keep track of paperwork. When you work with an electronic document management solution, everything can be filed quickly and documents will be available for easy retrieval by all authorized parties. This can improve workflow and increase productivity overall.
#2: Improve internal and external communications.
Having digital documents readily available will make it much easier to capture and send important information between departments or to a patient. Whether you need to share patient records, send scanned images for review, or collaborate with staff members on a case, all parties involved will find it much easier to review information in digital form with an EMR.
#3: Save money on document management costs.
One of the biggest benefits of going paperless with an EMR is that you do not have to spend a significant amount of money on storage space, storage supplies, and administrative fees to organize files. An electronic document management solution can make it much easier to file and organize important paperwork and eliminates the need to maintain a large storage unit or filing cabinets for sensitive information.
If you are ready to go paperless and want to learn more about ways to implement an effective document management system, contact PatientNOW today.