When it comes to medical technology, many physicians are adopting a new EHR system or have adopted more than one EHR system over the last decade. By understanding the basics of how an EHR system works, it is easier to determine if it is appropriate for your medical practice and how it can be applied to support your practice growth.
Using it for Support
EHR systems are often used to support other technological tools and systems in your practice. An EHR system typically service as the foundation your practice data and technology are built upon. This ensures your medical practice is up-to-date and capable of handling any tasks nad billing needs that arise.
Billing and Statements
Although the system can be used for a variety of tasks, one of the key ways an EHR system is used is for patient billing and statements. Bills are sent out to the appropriate patients after the insurance payments have gone through and show what was billed and why it was billed.
Since patients go through several procedures, the billing statement ensures they are aware of what procedures they have completed or what tests have been performed. Furthermore, it helps ensure that mistakes or errors are caught early so that corrections can be made.
Along with the ability to provide up-to-date services and technological support, EHR adoption allows a medical facility to establish a patient portal and keep patients up-to-date with their current treatments and procedures.
Patient communication is essential for any medical facility. Establishing a patient portal and allowing them to review information over the Internet ensures their data remains private and they are able to avoid any unnecessary treatments. It also allows a doctor to communicate with patients and answer questions when they are concerned about their treatment, medication that was recommended, or symptoms that develop after an office visit.
Concerns Regarding Costs
A primary reason many physicians and medical professionals are concerned about adopting an EHR system is the possibility that it may be too expensive for their current practice. Although there are costs associated with adopting a new technological system, the expenses associated with EHR systems are reasonable. In fact, it may cost your practice more to not adopt an EHR system.
Over the last year, cost-related concerns have dropped but budgetary caution is still one of the top-three concerns that prevent physicians from adopting a modern EHR system in order to further RCM. Fortunately, costs are decreasing as EHRs become more common and necessary.
An EHR system helps simplify the process of sending out bills and providing medical statements. Furthermore, it improves communication with patients and allows them to address concerns before they meet with a physician. Although there continue to be concerns and unknowns, more doctors are starting to adopt EHR systems to improve the technology in their medical practice.