The main concern for any provider should be the care of their patient and how to deliver the highest quality of care to them. There are many components that contribute to the quality of care that a physician can deliver to their patient, one of these being the technology that a provider utilizes in their day-to-day operations. Healthcare technology plays a major role in how care is delivered in this day in age, so it is important that the value of the technology matches the value of the patient.
Just as there are many different components to what makes a physician proficient at their trade, there are many different components and types of software that are used in healthcare to make sure patients and providers are getting what they need. Problems can arise when providers are using different software components from multiple vendors. It is important that providers understand the significance of an all-in-one EHR and how it can benefit their practice. Here is how to tell the difference between an all-in-one or not all-in-one EHR and why an all-in-one EHR matters:
There are many vendors that exist who try to scam providers by claiming their electronic health record software as an all-in-one EHR, when it really isn’t. They rope providers into buying the initial software only to make them pay for the other bits and pieces later on. They make providers pay separately for things like a patient portal or billing software, costing providers thousands of dollars. A true all-in-one EHR should be exactly that – It should be one cost, all software included, no confusion and no trying to trick providers into something they did not sign up for. There should be no hidden fees and no misunderstandings. Providers should make sure they are asking questions to potential vendors to reveal any hidden costs or processes.
Why It Matters
It is not only important to have an all-in-one EHR to avoid the extra costs but also to avoid confusion, errors, and decreases in efficiency that come with having software from multiple interfaces. When your practice utilizes multiple types of software, it forces you to train your staff in each individual software and process causing stress and confusion throughout both the implementation process and in your daily workflow. With an all-in-one EHR, there is a single interface that promotes seamless integration and a simplified workflow helping increase efficiency while decreasing the possibility of errors.
One of the most valuable elements of a provider’s day is their time. One of the more frustrating aspects of healthcare technology that has come up in the past is the login process that comes with having multiple types of office technology. Between scheduling, billing, documenting and everything else, having to keep track of login information seems like an arbitrary task when there is so much to keep track of already. With an all-in-one EHR, providers have a single log-in to help them streamline their workflow and complete each task on their list, saving them valuable time.
When attempting to complete a task, having to jump from task to task could slow anyone down. The all-in-one EHR works to combat this by streamlining the workflow and creating an environment where all office technology is truly integrated and formatted for the provider and their specific specialty. The patient portal is connected to the scheduling software which is connected to the electronic health records which is connected to the billing software and on and on. This decreases miscommunication, increases efficiency, increases accuracy, increases on-time payments, and much more.
Do you have questions about all-in-one EHRs or want to find out more? Contact our team! We’re happy to help answer your questions or provide you with a free demo to see how it can work for you.