How Electronic Health Records Can Transform Care Delivery

Robby Gupta

The healthcare industry witnessed a major shift with the advent of Electronic Health Records (EHR). Replacing the hassle of paper-based data, EHR has improved the process of recording patient information.

With EHR in healthcare, opportunities for better care delivery have multiplied along with cost reductions, revenue maximization, and improvement in the overall quality of the patient’s experience. Let’s have a look at some of the ways in which EHR can transform modern-day healthcare:

1. A better understanding of the patient’s health

One of the major benefits of electronic health records is that it provides a comprehensive record of a patient’s health condition. When the patient suffers from chronic diseases and has an elaborated medical history, storing their data becomes a tedious task.

Sometimes, it gets difficult to retrieve their information from the scattered records. With EHR, clinicians can digitally store this information and update it according to the changes in the patient’s health. It also allows them to get a better perspective on their medication usage, financial conditions, family and lifestyle and gives an idea about their mental health as well.

2. Preventive care

To maximize care delivery, it becomes important to understand the potential threats to a patient’s health. This involves activities such as identifying the ones who have missed out on important screening tests.

These tests are useful to identify early signs and warnings of diseases like cancer, kidney issues, and interminable diseases. With EHR in healthcare, these diseases can be recognized at an initial stage and preventive care can be taken which reduces the risk of the disease compounding to something harder to treat.

EHR helps address the issue at the beginning which improves the chances of a positive outcome in the treatment.

3. Informed decision making

EHR systems offer decision-making tools which allow providers to prescribe the right medication for out-patients.

The patient information stored through EHR can be shared with other medical specialists to make informed decisions, administering the diagnosis with proper care.

As the patient’s medical history is available throughout different departments of the healthcare provider, they can understand what drugs must be prescribed and which should be prevented.

4. Clinical Transformation

Another major benefit of electronic health records is that it transforms the clinical process for the patient at every touchpoint. With EHR, the provider can administer the patient’s journey and monitor each experience before he or she reaches the doctor, lab personnel or anyone concerned with the situation.

This practice allows healthcare providers to understand what touch points need to be modified in order to enhance the patient experience. EHR implementation can help mitigate waiting time for a check-up and receiving reports, making the overall care delivery process efficient.

5. Better Research Capability

With the digital recording of patient information, there’s a bank of data that can be leveraged to provide useful insights to the researchers.

With the help of proper analytics, researchers can understand treatment plans and develop a better perspective on diseases.

By gathering insights from this data, researchers support doctors in better decision making and enhance the quality of a patient’s experience.

6. Transparent and compliant care

A patient’s medical records are valuable and sensitive information. With the help of online portals, patients can easily access this information available with the healthcare provider.

They can understand why the physician suggested changes in their treatment plans and why they should undergo a particular screening exam. They can also check the accuracy of the records and in case of errors, they can contact the provider to correct them.

When the patients are educated about their medical history, they are more likely to comply with the provider’s suggestions for diagnosis and treatment. This also builds a better relationship between the provider and the patient, leading to an increase in the overall quality of a patient’s experience.

Bottomline

EHR in healthcare is an essential aspect of transforming the healthcare industry. Bringing the patient and the provider online has far greater value than just reducing costs and maximizing the revenue; it’s more about the patient experience and the ability of providers to multiply their care delivery capabilities.

Electronic health records are catalysts for fixing the errors that frequently occur in the paper-based recording of information. EHR thus drastically revolutionizes the way patients and providers interact and prepares the healthcare industry for a better future.

EHR is a preliminary step into the inevitable storm of digital transformation that stands before the healthcare industry. To gain a competitive edge and to meet modern patient expectations, healthcare providers must drive consumerization in their organizations, leveraging digital technologies.

And digital data is indispensable to offer this patient-centric care. Moreover, digital data resolve the possibility of errors.

How TechJini can help

TechJini, a Google certified mobile developer agency, offers a plethora of digital services for healthcare companies. We work with the healthcare providers closely to understand their business goals and the challenges they are currently facing.

Our domain experts, who have spearheaded digital transformation initiatives for different sizes of healthcare companies, come up with an action plan and a roadmap to help the healthcare provider embark on the digital transformation initiative.

Our work portfolio speaks for itself when it comes to delivery and goals achieved for these projects. Please feel free to get in touch with one of our experts to understand our approach and methodology better. We would be happy to give you a quick, free consultation.

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about the author

Robby Gupta

Robby Gupta is the head of US operations for TechJini, Inc. He has had varied experiences working in New York, Cupertino, and Bangalore with packaged & amp; custom web and mobile app development for an assortment of industries. His current focus is Immersive Technologies, IoT, AI bots and their applications in the digital enterprise.