Healthcare facilities have continued to incorporate EHRs into their activities , creating a hybrid data management system that incorporates both EHRs and paper records to this day.
This is why a new era in healthcare management was launched, one in which it is easier for clinical practitioners and their patients to track and access their records and reduce paper record inefficiency.
1. It Lowers the Risk of Exposure
Not only can paper records be lost when a natural disaster ruins a hospital; they can also lie scattered all over, revealing patient information.
2. It Improves Accessibility
Ironically, in the past, patient records were not readily made accessible to the patients themselves. They will have to go through some hoops, including calling the medical office to hold their records, filling out some more paperwork, verifying their identity, and signing some permission agreement.
Now the question of accessibility is virtually eliminated via the patient portals. Patients can access their authenticated health records with only a few taps. This access helps them to review the results of their medical tests, arrange appointments or ask questions that they may have from their physicians. Similarly, doctors themselves can access information about their patients, thus allowing for better monitoring.
3. It Increases Efficiency
It takes just 2 seconds for medical staff to see the details they need from a searchable PDF document with digitizing the data. What is more, they don’t even have to get up from their place because they can access patient files on their machines. Think how much time doctrinal activities that use health IT save compared to those that only use paper records only. The time they save can be used in more positive ways, such as giving patients quality care.
4. It’s Environment-Friendly
By reducing the use of paper records, hospitals don’t have to use as many sheets of paper, which helps save the environment. Transitioning paper records into digital files means not needing to purchase more paper products and not contributing to the environmental damage caused by paper production.
5. It Cuts Costs
If a hospital administrator uses up 10,000 sheets of paper per year, imagine trying to equate it with the total number of hospital employees.
Through freely accessible internet connectivity and equipment at hospitals, they can cut the cost of holding medical records to a fraction of paper-based records.
The future is digital and going paperless is just the first step if medical practices want to keep up. There’s no excuse not to move to it with the benefits mentioned above.