Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are a fact of life in healthcare, and while accepted, they are generally not loved. Many health care professionals still feel that EHRs take away time that could be better spent in treating patients. According to the Accenture Doctors Survey 2015, physicians are becoming more proficient in accessing EHR data and are just beginning to tap the true power of EHR systems.
In this year’s survey, 51% of doctors said they routinely access clinical data about a patient who was seen by a different health organization. This function would once have required a fax machine or retrieval of original paper records. Lack of interoperability among EHR systems is still a major stumbling block in working with patient records but communications between systems is constantly being improved. Another sophisticated benefit of EHR systems is clinical decision support. This advanced functionality is now in use by 34% of physicians in the survey.
The true power to enhance patient engagement and facilitate clinical collaboration is still in its infancy and any “sea change” in procedures or methods can cause disruption. However, we all look forward to the day when communication among health care providers and facilities is seamless and taken for granted. Our patients are depending on us for the best advice and treatments.
InnovaHealth Innovations provides consulting services to medical practices to help them be successful in today’s complex health care environment. You can reach Roberta Kaplan, MPH, MS, PA, Founder and President of IHI at: 503.341.0593.