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Renae Rossow
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Features of a Quality EHR Part 1

Features of a Quality EHR Part 1

Electronic Health Records continue to evolve as they work towards helping clinicians provide efficient and quality care to patients all over the United States. Opening up a window of interoperability and communication, quality EHR software is taking the healthcare industry to new heights. The software from different EHR vendors in the field varies greatly. Some of them, unfortunately, aren’t quite up to par.  This can cost healthcare providers a great deal when it comes to the overall functionality of their day to day operations. Vendors sometimes promise providers functionality they are not equipped to provide. This motivates providers to purchase an EHR that ends up leaving them high and dry at the end of the day. There are a few features of a quality EHR to look for when interested in integrating the software into your practice. Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series to see a list of must-have features if you’re looking for a software that will meet your needs.

1)    Interactive Patient Timeline:

The Patient Timeline Screen in a quality EHR solution gives you a view of the patient’s history of interaction. This saves crucial time and improves outcomes for patients by allowing physicians to quickly get up to speed on where the patient’s health is at. Additionally, providers can assess for possible contraindications between medications, see lab results and any recent messages or documentation regarding the patient. A quality EHR offers this all on one interactive screen to save the provider time and money.

2)    Vital Analysis

Another important feature of a quality EHR is the Vitals Analysis Screen. Here is where you can view and analyze clinical data in a unique and clarifying way. This feature takes patient data and lays it out in a clear and interactive clinical graph. This allows physicians to quickly view and assess patient vitals to make important decisions. This helps providers easily visualize the relationship between blood pressure, metabolic panel values, prescriptions and other data.

3)    Revenue Safety Net

Through a series of checks and balances, quality EHR helps your clinical and office staff stay clear of the risk of leaving revenue on the table. The right EHR solution will feature a Missing Claims Safety Net. This system sends providers a superbill for completion each time any staff leaves an appointment unbilled. This brings efficiency, accuracy, and peace of mind into your practice with every visit. Providers will never have to worry about appointments going undocumented or billed when they choose a quality EHR with this feature.

4)    Chart Notes

When it comes to juggling patient after patient, keeping up accurate and timely documentation can be a challenge for providers. With their days being so busy and full of important interactions, making time for detailed documenting can be a struggle. With this, another important feature of a quality EHR is SOAP note automation.  Your EHR should automatically pull your documentation into a completed note that you simply sign and submit.  Then you will practice more efficiently than ever before. 

5)    Customization

A quality EHR also offers customizable templates that certified experts spend time building and perfecting so that your practice can follow the same process it always has. This feature also allows providers to document the same way they are used to documenting.  You should not have to make changes that don’t make sense. 

5)    True Integration

One of the more frustrating features of a lot of EHRs is the lack of integration between itself and a practice’s billing software. Your EHR should be able to seamlessly communicate with your billing software to reduce errors. True integration means there is only a single sign-on required to access these two components. There are electronic health records that fail to meet this standard making it difficult to stay on top of potential data risk. A quality EHR with true integration prevents these risks and makes the billing and the documenting process that much simpler.  You’ll reduce the number of denials and increase revenue overall.

These five features are not the only key components of a quality EHR. There are a many more characteristics that should be considered when shopping for the right EHR for your practice. Read Part 2 of this series to find out what additional features to watch for.  You can also learn about OfficeEMRTM by iSalus Healthcare by visiting our website here:

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