We live in a fast-paced world where patients and professionals alike are constantly moving homes and jobs more frequently than ever before. For those operating in the healthcare industry, this means that at any given time, they’re seeing a number of patients they’ve never even met before. The patient must come to trust an unfamiliar doctor while the doctor must learn the patient’s previous medical history and address any current health problems all within an hour or so appointment.
If patients saw the same doctor at each and every appointment, they’d likely experience a higher standard of care, but that’s not always possible. Why? It’s rare for a patient to have all of their health needs met with one single professional. While it’s important for providers to have a continuous, caring relationship with patients, it’s not always possible, and even when it is possible, the provider needs to move fast during the appointment to accommodate their busy schedule.
So how can healthcare providers ensure continuity of care? First and foremost, establishing a continuous, caring relationship whenever possible goes a long way. Aside from a continuous, caring relationship, delivering the most seamless possible service via proper coordination between all providers involved is also vital. When healthcare providers have access to up-to-date, accurate information, patients receive much better care.
How do electronic medical records (EMRs) improve continuity of care for patients?
As more medical practices move from paper charts to electronic medical records, the benefits continue to grow. It all comes down to one simple fact: electronic medical records can be accessed on demand by any care provider – potentially saving lives in urgent situations but also saving tons of time and money. Catastrophic events have shown time and time again that patients are often far too confused and scared to remember personal details.
In an emergency, every second counts to ensure the patient is treated on time. That’s why it’s vital to have access to the patient’s entire medical history – from blood type to current medications to allergies and everything in between. Electronic medical records make handling urgent situations a breeze for doctors. When electronic medical records are easily accessible, they improve the ability to diagnose illnesses and/or diseases, reduce medical errors, and above all, improve patient outcomes.
Healthcare providers are able to access all important patient information in a multitude of formats – allowing them to view and print graphs, track changes over a period of time, set treatment goals and/or alerts, facilitate requests and assign tasks to team members, and more. For patients whose healthcare providers use EHRs, the benefits are clear:
- 92% are happy their doctor uses e-prescribing
- 76% feel obtaining medications is much easier
- 63% say they experience fewer medication errors
What happens if your electronic medical records aren’t up-to-date? Or you’re using two different EHR systems because you have information stored on your legacy system that you haven’t moved over to the new system yet? Ultimately, if you don’t have a quick and effective method of retrieving data, you’re unable to maintain continuity of care while taking care of your patients.
As electronic medical records eliminate the potential for lost and/or misplaced files, they greatly reduce the risk of data errors that can be dangerous. If your electronic medical records aren’t up-to-date or you’re missing certain files, medical errors are a serious concern.
What’s the best way to keep my electronic medical records up-to-date and easily accessible?
ChartViewer, a solution designed to keep legacy EMR or EHR data in a secure, structured manner, is the perfect solution when it comes to keeping your electronic medical records up-to-date and easily accessible for your entire team. If you’re currently running an outdated system or you’re currently running two systems at once, this solution is exactly what you need to:
- Maintain continuity of care
- Roll-out the new EMR system
- Retire the high cost legacy EMR system
- Comply with state and federal regulations
You’ll have access to all of your electronic medical records with all completed encounters easily documented and accessible. This means you can pull up the following within seconds:
- Lab results
- Radiology reports
- Flow sheet information
- And much more
You’re able to rest assured knowing you’ll have all your electronic medical records at your fingertips in a moment’s notice with:
- Multi-tenant, single-sign-on capabilities
- Scalability to add more users or remove users
- A powerful search engine for filtering through information
- Simplified cloud management of security, backup, and storage
- And many more great features
ChartViewer is the trusted choice for healthcare providers that strive to provide the highest level of care possible for their patients.
Who is Global Data Systems, Inc.?
Global Data Systems, Inc. is a recognized leader when it comes to information technology support for healthcare organizations in Boston, MA and beyond. We’ve been around since 1991 providing a range of services – from managed services to cloud solutions to network security. We help healthcare organizations improve their quality of patient care through the effective use of information technology.
ChartViewer was created to help you consolidate or upgrade your systems, in order to achieve timely, efficient access to electronic medical records. Click here to find out more.
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