EHR: Stress Relief for GPs

The whole point of electronic health records (EHR) is to make your life as a GP stress-free. Plenty of physicians have already adopted EHR programs for use in their clinics, but a fair few remain unconvinced to alter the way they practice medicine. However, that’s not surprising given that not just any EHR will do.

To determine what really makes an EHR truly great, we sent out a survey filled with loads of compelling questions. Whether you’re wondering how long it takes to get to grips with a new patient’s case history, or you’re dubious about how an EHR can help, let’s take a look and see where the land lies.

Data is king nowadays, and it can tell us everything we ever wanted to know about EHRs and their insertion into the world of medical practice.

Of the 168 healthcare providers who participated in this survey, 46% were practice managers and 33% were GPs.

58%
already using an EHR program of some kind
42%
reduction in paper documents
52 %
of those surveyed trusted admin staff to use EHR

However, the average score for a run-of-the-mill EHR was a mere 5.71 out of 10. Clearly, there’s room for improvement, especially once you’ve chosen the right tool for the job

Doctors of all specialties generally like using EHR programs, even though the initial task of transferring patient information from paper records isn’t always straightforward.

With just a little cooperation between your clinic and your EHR provider, there’ll be no more flipping through pages of medical records or deciphering of your colleagues’ handwriting. You can get straight down to the business of treating your patients.

The right EHR allows you to easily attach blood results, X-ray images and much more. It couldn’t be simpler to compose sick notes, pin down an ICD-10 diagnosis, issue electronic prescriptions and dispense medical advice. Documents can even be sent automatically to the printer for your patients to take home with them.

The quality of documentation is much higher in practices that take advantage of a well-designed EHR, and it’s no wonder when you make use of the latest templates and directories.

Which fields do you consider mandatory when you use EHR?

We received all sorts of suggestions from a range of specialist clinicians, and have since united them all to create the ideal EHR system.

It’s clear that the main patient record within an EHR should contain a minimum of the following points of information:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Home/Work Address
  • Allergy History
  • Previous Medical History
  • Specific Confirmed Diagnoses
  • List of Previous and Upcoming Appointments

This kind of basic EHR data is added in a systematic manner, so you don’t have to do it more than once for a given patient.

What’s more, our EHR permits GPs and other healthcare staff to add information that complies with medical and economic standards alike. Ultimately, the likelihood of making a clinical error is reduced to the bare minimum, and you’ll keep your books in order, too.

Do you trust admin staff to fill out a medical history and handle complaints with the help of a template-based EHR?

GPs are tasked daily with writing reports that must be specific, succinct and straight to the point. Anything extra is simply surplus to requirements. With the help of templates, secretaries, nurses and all manner of clinical staff can record a full medical history and handle complaints from patients.

By the time a given patient’s appointment comes around, you as the doctor will have all the information you need from a user-friendly EHR. Both the purpose of the visit and potential treatment plan will already be clear to you, saving you a great deal of time before you even start the consultation.

52% of our respondents trusted non-physician colleagues to edit records using a standard EHR, whereas 46% expected to use something better

What’s the Prognosis for EHR Use?

Cloud-based EHR programs in particular can handle a much higher level of data than typical solutions. Much more information is saved and can be transferred between physicians in various specialties. Imagine if an A&E doctor could access a patient’s EHR without any hassle? Think of the lives that could be saved by this opportunity alone. Using an well-built EHR is not just convenient for you as a doctor, but also for your patients. When each patient has their own online account with your practice, they benefit in the following ways:

  • Independent access to their own EHR
  • Online appointment booking
  • Medical advice on recent tests and investigations
  • Check the cost of services rendered

It goes without saying that such opportunities are priceless advantages for patients. To take an example, imagine if your patient loses their paper prescription. All they have to do is use their phone, tablet or computer to log into their online account. Using a properly designed EHR solves these kinds of problems with ease.

58% of our respondents were already using EHR software and 30% asked us how they could start

Although the advantages of using an EHR are clearly very promising, a 100% transfer from paper to screen is going to take quite some effort, and Medesk is ready to help you every step of the way.

If you haven’t yet made the switch to paperless medical practice, drop us a line. We’ll show you all the benefits and advantages of the Medesk EHR.