The concept of Significant use regulations can be difficult to understand. However, the most important thing to understand about them is that while it aims to reduce the cost of health care and improve patient outcomes, the meaningful use initiative refers to practical use. of EHR systems. Therefore, to get a better idea of the meaningful use, we delve into EHRs.
EHR out of the box
Some of the predefined EHRs used by large-scale practices and hospitals are Cerner, Allscripts, eClinicalWorks, Epic, VA-CPRS, e-MDs, McKesson, Practice Fusion, Athenahealth, and NextGen. They all have a general functionality associated with EHR systems.
Before purchasing any lesser known available EHR solution, make sure that it complies with the guidelines of the Health Information Technology Certification Committee (CCHIT). Along with some operational benefits, EHR certified technology (CEHRT) can streamline workflows, reduce healthcare costs, and allow access to data across the entire hospital network.
Custom EHR development
When developing a custom EHR solution with a certified software vendor, you must first clearly understand your needs. You may even want to create a collaborative environment between the doctors, professional nurses, medical assistants, and anesthetists at your facility, all of whom will be the end users of the future EHR system. In this way, you will compile the individual approaches and work needs of each.
The next step is to communicate these needs healthcare software developers. No matter how experienced a salesperson is, they will really appreciate your input, which they will use to create elaborate project specifications. Your ability to achieve an effective EHR solution depends on how clearly you express your expectations for future software.
EHR functions for meaningful use
Easy to use interface
The more features the application has, the harder it will be to take advantage of the complex functionality and ease of use. However, a caregiver should find the EHR interface convenient enough to use it willingly every day. Otherwise, healthcare professionals will do their best to prevent the use of the EHR system and this is not only incompatible with “significant use”, but it is devastating in general.
In order for users of other internal systems to provide their data and access general records, your EHR should be easy to integrate with other internal software. This is necessary to create a hospital data network and allow all departments to share data with each other.
If integrated with a billing system, an EHR system can speed up the entire process of delivering health care and facilitate the work of a medical billing department. To make this possible, a software development company should also add HCPCS, CPT, ICD-10 coding system standards to the EHR, as these standards simplify the process of communicating with insurance companies.
To make the most of your EHR system, you can have it integrated with partner pharmacies and labs. In this way, doctors will be able to easily share electronic prescriptions with pharmacies and ask laboratories to test them.
Doctors and nurses often complain about the time it takes to manage documentation, and they have every right to do so. If EHR systems are supposed to be the key to the future, they should be able to assist in the documentation routine of all medical professionals and give them time for more important tasks.
There are two ways to do this. The first is to include customizable templates for a variety of documents, reflecting all the details and allowing caregivers to enter as little data as possible manually. The second is to implement voice recording technology so that doctors can create audio notes. A “voice to text” feature would be a brilliant addition.
Electronic prescriptions are one of the main goals of meaningful use. With this feature, a patient’s chart can contain all the medication that has been prescribed to a patient. This history can help the doctor better choose medication, thus improving patient outcomes. If extended, this feature can even check if the recently prescribed medication is compatible with what a patient is already taking and warn the caregiver in case of dangerous combinations or possible side effects.
A patient portal is also one of the requirements for meaningful use of EHR. It is a site available online where a patient can learn all about their health and consult their personal data at any time they want. The information stored in a patient portal usually includes:
- Number of visits to the clinic or hospital
- Detailed reports of reviews and exams
- Prescription drugs
- List of medications to which a patient is allergic or immune
- All laboratory test results.
When developed professionally and taking into account the features listed, an EHR system can really help make meaningful use in hospitals. Make sure you choose your EHR provider carefully to get an effective solution tailored to your needs and compatible with meaningful usage regulations.