With the continued push towards Electronic Health Records and the incentives for healthcare providers to move away from paper records, medical offices across the country are going paperless. Concerns about privacy, implementation of a new system, patient convenience factor in, but keep in mind that converting to a paperless medical office has many serious upsides.
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You’re used to paper charting, dictation, compiling records from labs and imaging and pharmacies, all compiled into an ever-growing paper chart. The process flow that you’re familiar with will not change by going paperless, it will simply become more streamlined and significantly easier to access. The technology to go paperless is as simple to learn as a social media app on your smart phone, and as secure as Fort Knox. And with all records updated in real-time, there’s no more delays with dictation backlogs or trying to decipher a colleagues’ handwriting.
Accounts receivable and collections.
According to the American Hospital Association
, uncollectable healthcare receivables accounts for billions of dollars of lost revenue every year, yet providers remain slow to utilize technology to help. As consumers deal with higher insurance deductibles and become more proactive about their health care, providers are being pushed toward finding electronic billing solutions. Fortunately, evidence is clear that moving to paperless billing is a good financial move. A recent survey found that patients paid faster, experienced less confusion about their medical bills, and felt greater confidence in their provider when given the option to pay medical bills online. Happier patients means greater patient retention and ultimately increased revenue for the medical practice.
Technological innovation continues to move at lightning pace, and tech within the healthcare sector is no exception. Digital technology helps increase patient safety by keeping track of medications, streamlines patient visits by being able to pull up previously entered past medical histories, and lessens medical errors by having immediate access to information such as allergies and drug interactions. Technology helps prevent duplicate testing and makes information immediately accessible between various providers. And e-prescribing programs enable immediate communication between physicians and pharmacies which helps reduce costs by preventing errors.
While many healthcare providers have been slow to go digital, converting to a paperless medical office has many benefits. From small clinics to urban group practices, healthcare is going tech, and its time to experience the benefits for yourself. Contact us today and let us help you take the next step.