It is not uncommon for practices operating on paper-based systems to think that they will not be able to save the same amount of money with electronic health records. However, fact of the matter is, EHRs actually help practices improve their bottom line and generate more revenue. Let’s bust 5 EHR myths that may be holding you back.
Existing paper-charts save more
This is absolutely wrong. Paper-charts actually cost as much as $40,000 annually for a practice that sees 10-15 patients every day. Imagine the costs of creating new charts, replacing charts, mailing records, faxing records, storing charts, etc. that all accumulate to pull you down financially.
Paper charge slips improve efficiency
Another EHR myth that is not true at all. In fact, paper charge slips are often lost, require manual entering of data and are sometimes incomplete. Through an EHR system, electronic charge slips are created efficiently and usually contain complete data. Charge capture from CureMD has customizable templates for physicians to quickly enter charges while engaging with the patient.
Lost charts are unavoidable
Most practice managers believe lost charts, orders and notes are an unavoidable aspect of a healthcare setting. However, this is something that is totally avoidable through an integrated Electronic Health Record software that is interoperable and able to connect simultaneously with various providers. Incomplete medical records can be costly for both the patient and the physician. Physicians who have complete and accurate documentation provide better care for patients.
EHRs are not secure
This is another EHR myth that does not hold any substance. In fact, EHRs are even more secure compared to paper-based records since they cannot be accessed without a user name or password.
Paper records are more portable
Some large physician practices believe paper records are more portable and hence stick to the old method of recording patient data. Fact of the matter is, EHRs are more mobile and allow better access to physician data anywhere around the world.