According to a recent survey, over 50 percent of US mobile users own smart phones; the reason for that is simple. Today, smart phones are the only all-in-one solutions available for people who wish to stay connected with the world at all times. Since I am part of the health information technology (HIT) industry, it is my job to stay up to date with new technological changes and new product launches taking place in the industry. This reminds me of the most talked about All-in-One Electronic Medical Records (EMR) solutions.
It is essential for us to understand that a physicians’ job has never been limited only to examining patients, and at most documenting such exams. It is a lot more than that. While operating a practice, physicians also have to take care of administrative and financial operations. Hence, they require a platform which enables them to efficiently manage their clinical, administrative, and financial workflows.
Today, as HIT evolves at the speed of light, established EMR vendors have started providing physicians with all-in-one EMRs that help them streamline the above mentioned operations from a singular platform. These solutions integrate an EMR, Practice Management software, and a Patient Portal in one application. This means that after completely documenting patient encounters, physicians do not need to switch the software or a device to get down to the billing procedures. They simply transfer the details to the practice management software within the application suite, and the rest is done through it.
’Honestly speaking I believe all-in-one EMRs is the best thing that could happen to the healthcare industry. They are simple, innovative, and adaptable. On top of that, they fulfill the clinical and administrative needs of my practice with just a few clicks, in a unified interface’, says a Florida based physician.
We all know that patients are an integral part of the care continuum, and all-in-one EMR solutions have also facilitated patients to manage their health more efficiently. Provided with a unique username and password from the physician, patients can easily access their health records from virtually anywhere. They no longer need to make redundant phone calls or send mails physically to communicate with the physician; all they need is a computer or even a tablet with a simple internet connection to ensure seamless communication.
’Every time my patients have a query or a concern regarding their reports or results, they simply use the patient portal to get in touch with me. Of course, it has saved them from making unnecessary phone calls’, says another Florida based physician.
The advantages that all-in-one EMRs have brought to healthcare providers cannot be ignored. In a few years, established EMR vendors would come up with more sophisticated, premium and less intricate solutions for them.