Monthly Archives: March 2016

EHR Adoption: A Key Step to Increasing Patient Engagement

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While the electronic health record (EHR) was originally perceived as a provider-side innovation — a means for healthcare teams to better coordinate and manage patient care — it has become an indispensable tool for driving patient engagement. No longer just a data tracking solution, the EHR is a key launching point for improving patient-provider interaction and creating a collaborative care model.

1. Access to health records gets patients using your portal.

Patient portals have become the hub for increasing patient engagement. However, providers find that once they implement a portal solution, they are still faced with the challenge of getting patients to use it. Often, the first time a patient logs in to the portal will be to access test results from a recent visit. Once there, it’s easy to explore other parts of his or her EHR, along with other portal features that boost engagement, like prescription and appointment reminders, educational materials, and easy communication with physicians. You can also take advantage of numerous opportunities to promote your patient portal while the patient is in the office.

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Selecting the Best EMR Medical Voice Recognition Software

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With the influx of new patients from the Affordable Care Act and the ever-increasing paperwork requirements, medical dictation software has become essential to every healthcare practice. Fortunately, advances in natural language processing have made this software more affordable. This article briefly covers the most important features to consider when selecting the best EMR medical voice recognition software for your practice.

A well-selected speech recognition program can reduce costs by requiring fewer full-time medical transcriptionists and preventing reimbursement denials. A presentation from the American College of Emergency Physicians found that after one year of using voice recognition software, a hospital system saved $1.4 million. Another study published by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) expects that voice recognition software can pay for itself within one month.

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