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The popularity of electronic medical records software is growing wildly, both in the United States and around the world. The growth of this market comes as the healthcare sector increasingly moves toward digitalization and integrated healthcare systems. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Top 5 Benefits of EMR Software for Independent and Small Businesses

Top 5 benefits of EMR software for independent
and small businesses
Formerly used by large providers, these
time-saving tools are increasingly found in
small and independent practices The popularity of
electronic medical records software is growing
wildly, both in the United States and around the
world. The growth of this market comes as the
healthcare sector increasingly moves toward
digitalization and integrated healthcare
systems. Electronic medical records, or EMR, help
solve issues such as interoperability, privacy
concerns, and secure data storage. The arrival of
COVID-19 in 2020 further showed just how
important and valuable digital solutions are for
the healthcare industry. In medical practices
both big and small, software tools that give
doctors easier access to patient data are
becoming an indispensable part of daily
routines. Electronic medical records, managed
with EMR software and electronic health records,
have revolutionized het ay patient records are
entered and processed. They promise an era of
better care for patients and lessened burdens
for healthcare providers. In their early days,
EMR systems we more expensive and complicated,
and tended to be adopted by larger healthcare
providers who could both afford the systems and
have IT staff on hand to help trouble shoot. But
today, a new era of more affordable and much
easier to use electronic medical record systems
mean that practices of any size, and especially
those without IT staff on hand, can easily
integrate an EMR system into their operations.
For many of these practices, adopting EMR systems
has allowed them to compete with larger medical
practices and those that are corporate-owned. Let
s look at EMR systems in more detail and
understand the top 5 benefits that an EMR
software company can offer to small and
independent businesses.
  • What is EMR?
  • An EMR, or electronic medical record, is a
    digital collection of all the information that
    you would normally find in a providers paper
    chart on a patient. This can include medical
    history, diagnoses, medications,
  • immunization dates, allergies, lab results, and
    doctors notes. In EMR systems, these records
    are stored in the cloud and accessible by mobile
  • An EMR can also be used for payment processing,
    insurance claims, patient visit scheduling,
    adding new patients, and recording and updating
    patient information.
  • Notably, EMR software systems also enable clinics
    to easily integrate regulatory and reimbursement
    changes through HIPAA, ICD-10, and the
    Meaningful Use rules.
  • But EMRs do more than just replace old paper
    records. They include incorporated systems that
    allow simple and effective communication among
    members of a healthcare team. This results in
    better patient care.
  • What is the difference between and EMR and EHR?
  • In looking at web based EMRs, you may have heard
    of a related term, EHR. EHRs, short for
    electronic medical records, contain everything
    that an EMR contains and is sharable between
    authorized providers, health organizations, and
    clinics. While an EMR is more likely to be used
    just for a single provider, an electronic health
    record includes information from many providers
    and can be shared by everyone helping to
    coordinate care for a patient.
  • Electronic medical record
  • Is a digital version of a patient chart
  • Does not easily travel outside a practice
  • Is mainly used by a provider to diagnose, treat,
    and care
  • Electronic health record
  • A digital record of all of a patients health

  • Can be sent to different health care providers
    and specialists outside of a particular practice
  • Can be accessed by providers for decision making,
    diagnosis, and care
  • What features should a good EMR have?
  • Are you thinking about adopting an electronic
    medical records system at your practice? Not all
    EMRs are created the same, and it pays to look at
    the features offered by different providers to
    make sure you are getting the type of
    functionality you need for your practice to
    operate efficiently.
  • Some must-have features for EMR system include
  • A patient portal that is easy to access and
    contains educational materials and information
    on lab results, allergies, medications,
    discharge summaries, immunizations, and recent
    doctors visits. There should also be
    downloadable forms. As a bonus, an
  • EMRs patient portal should include a benefits
    and coverage check, appointment scheduling,
    prescription refill request forms, contact
    information update forms, and a payment method
    tab. As this is the key function of an EMR, make
    sure to look at this feature closely to ensure
    you like its look, its feel, and its
  • A feature that allows team members to set
    appointments for patients. This would include a
    way to quickly register patients, schedule them,
    and determine the purpose for the next visit,
    then add any notes for the providers who will be
    seeing the patient at that visit. The tool
    should also send out automated appointment
    reminders using text or email.
  • E-prescribing tools that let you electronically
    print and send prescriptions, with instant
    notification of potential drug interactions and
  • A patient history recording feature that makes it
    easy for users to quickly and accurately record
    and then access patient history. This can
    include patient clinical records, surgical
    reports, test results, and social history.
  • A computerized physician order entry (CPOE) that
    lets service providers enter, save, and then
    electronically send orders for prescriptions,
    tests, and other services.

  • E/M coding tools that can record information such
    as physical exam results, pertinent health risk
    factors, treatment and diagnosis codes, prior
    diagnostic test results and medical care
  • Lab integration so provides can monitor the
    delivery, inspection, results, and certainty of
    samples electronically.
  • Top 5 benefits of EMR software for small and
    independent practices
  • Now that you know what a cloud-based EMR does and
    what functions it should contain, lets look at
    why having EMR software in your small or
    independent practice is a great idea.
  • They save space This is a big one, and is often
    overlooked. All those cabinets full of paper
    files? They are now in the cloud. With EMR
    systems implementation, practices can say so
    long to the need to store, manage, and retrieve
    paper records.
  • They optimize workflows EMRs make it easy to
    keep track of patients and manage patients who
    visit a medical facility. Since records are
    digitized, it is no longer necessary to have a
    file follow a patient around a building. And
    since so many tools are built into the EMR
    systems, it makes managing tests, scheduling
    appointments, sending reminders, and more so
    much easier.
  • They lower operational costs With records in one
    place, your staff will spend less time scurrying
    around looking for files. Less time is spent
    handling paper records, scheduling tasks, and
    manually sending reminders and updates, so your
    staff can function on more revenue0-earning
  • They simplify communication processes Good EMRs
    are packed with built-in communication tools,
    which will save you gobs of time. Now, formerly
    manual communication processes can happen with
    the tap of a finger, automating prescription
    refill requests, appointment reminders, next
    visit scheduling, test results sending, and more.

5. They reduce errors EMRs reduce and prevent
medical errors by notifying providers or
potential drug interactions or adverse
reactions. They improve the ability to diagnose
disease and improve patient outcomes. EMRs are
rapidly growing in popularity, even with small
and independent practices, and a new era of EMR
are much more affordable than you might be
thinking. To learn more about the benefits of
EMRs and how they can improve your practice,
contact Eye Care Leaders today.
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