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How can the right EHR reduce practice costs?

October 16, 2018

Our leading EHR solution, CGM APRIMA offers a uniquely fast, flexible, and powerful EHR designed to complement and simplify your workflow, not hinder it.

Happy doctors who rely on CGM APRIMA EHR and Practice Management

An EHR can be a scary purchase for you and your practice. Picking the one that best suits your needs, including your budgetary requirements, can be a daunting task. However, while it can seem costly upfront, the right EHR will reduce practice costs, reduce your overall operating costs and help increase revenue.

The right EHR for your practice to reduce costs

The first question you should ask is, “What do I need in the right EHR?”

Establishing a list of requirements makes the searching process more manageable. There’s no need to look at a dermatology-based EHR if your practice’s specialty is endocrinology.

The more detailed the list of requirements, the more likely you will find the perfect EHR. Questions to consider:

  • Is it easy to use? How often is the software updated?
  • Does the EHR have all the required certifications? Is the company committed to meeting new requirements in the future?
  • How long will it take to get up and running? Is training included?
  • Is this a PM/EHR integrated solution?
  • Is a patient portal included?
  • What about interfaces?
  • What are the software/hardware requirements?
  • Does the software vendor support other customers in my specialty?

The investment and returns of an EHR

Of course, cost is always a concern. Even with a budget-conscious bundle, the price of buying and setting up a new system can cause sticker shock.

The fact is, an EHR is an investment in your practice. Just like any investment, there are upfront costs. That’s why, when purchasing an EHR, it’s vital to perform an ROI and cost-benefit analysis.

The analysis will help you justify your investment and lessen the blow of the initial expense. There are quantifiable and non-quantifiable benefits to consider:

  • Improve the efficiency of your business operations: With the right EHR, you can streamline scheduling, billing, and patient/provider communications.
  • Increase revenue flow: Your new EHR can help you more accurately bill and code medical claims. The more accurate your billing, the more likely you’ll get reimbursed for your services.
  • Enhance provider productivity: An easy-to-use EHR allows you to streamline clinical documentation, chart faster, and spend more time focused on your patients.
  • Improve staff and physician loyalty: Streamlined workflows make it easier for your team to do their jobs, which keeps them happy.
  • Improve patient satisfaction: More time with patients means better quality of care, better health outcomes, and increased satisfaction.

By investing in the EHR software that works best for you, you will see an increase in efficiency in your practice and reduced practice costs. With a software solution that enables you to do more, you can treat patients faster and more thoroughly than ever before.

Our leading EHR solution, CGM APRIMA offers a uniquely fast, flexible, and powerful EHR designed to complement and simplify your workflow, not hinder it.
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Get an EHR that can integrate with patient engagement software to reduce practice costs

In the last decade, the healthcare industry has witnessed a digital revolution that has transformed how patient information is captured, stored, and shared. One of the significant advancements in this digital transformation is the integration of electronic health records (EHRs) with telehealth services. This powerful integration has opened new opportunities for delivering healthcare remotely, streamlining workflow, and improving patient care.

Telehealth, also known as telemedicine, refers to the remote provision of healthcare services through the use of technology. It allows healthcare professionals to diagnose, treat, and monitor patients using video calls, mobile apps, and remote monitoring devices. This technology has proved invaluable, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, where physical distancing measures limited in-person interactions.

To effectively provide telehealth services, healthcare providers need access to patient health information in real-time. This is where the integration between EHRs and telehealth platforms becomes critical. EHRs serve as a centralized system that stores comprehensive patient records, including medical history, diagnoses, medications, test results, and more. By integrating telehealth platforms with EHRs, healthcare providers can access this information securely and readily during telehealth consultations.

The integration allows for a seamless flow of information between the telehealth platform and the EHR. 

The convergence of technology in healthcare has catalyzed significant advancements in patient care delivery. One such integration that holds immense potential is the merging of electronic health records (EHRs) with telehealth services.

Decrease no-shows

Maximize the ability of telehealth’s “anytime/anywhere” to help your patients get seen sooner. This can also help backfill no-shows and your practice can take advantage of telehealth reimbursements. Patients have learned to expect multiple options from their care providers and will appreciate your accessibility.

Enhanced efficiency and workflow

EHR integration with telehealth eliminates time-consuming manual processes such as scanning and uploading paper documents. Instead, healthcare professionals can access patient information directly from the EHR system during a telehealth visit. This automation not only improves documentation accuracy but also streamlines workflows and enhances overall efficiency. Efficient data exchange minimizes administrative burdens, allowing providers to focus more on patient engagement and delivering high-quality care.

Expanded reach and accessibility to reduce practice costs

Integrating EHRs with telehealth services brings healthcare access to underserved populations, rural areas, and those with limited mobility. Patients no longer need to travel long distances or face barriers to receive medical attention. Additionally, telehealth allows for remote monitoring of chronic conditions, enabling early detection of potential issues and timely interventions. This integration breaks geographical boundaries and ensures that all patients, regardless of their location, can receive the care they need promptly.

Enhanced care coordination and collaboration

EHR integration with telehealth facilitates seamless communication and collaboration among healthcare providers. For example, if a primary care physician conducts a telehealth visit, they can easily consult with a specialist or share the consultation details for further care coordination. With integrated platforms, providers can update patient records, share test results, and collaborate in real-time, enabling a holistic approach to patient care. This integration enhances care coordination, reduces medical errors, and promotes better clinical outcomes.

Data-driven analytics and insights to reduce practice costs

Integrating EHRs with telehealth creates a wealth of data that can be analyzed to derive insights and improve healthcare outcomes. With access to comprehensive patient records and telehealth encounter data, healthcare organizations can identify trends, patterns, and potential risk factors. This valuable information can be leveraged to develop evidence-based treatment protocols, optimize care pathways, and identify areas for improvement. EHR integration with telehealth enables data-driven decision-making, ultimately leading to better patient care and outcomes.

The integration of EHRs with telehealth represents a significant leap forward in healthcare delivery. It enhances access to care, improves workflow efficiency, and promotes collaboration among providers. With secure data exchange and comprehensive patient records, telehealth consultations become more comprehensive and personalized. As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, the synergy between EHRs and telehealth will play a crucial role in transforming how healthcare is delivered, improving patient outcomes, and enhancing the overall patient experience.

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