December 8, 2022
EHR solutions are a critical piece of the healthcare tech stack. A feature-rich platform meets the needs of clinicians by streamlining workflows and improving the quality of care. Unfortunately, not all systems deliver the same value and may require users to spend more time with the technology than with patients. In these scenarios, EHRs are more of a hindrance than a help regarding practice management.
So, what can your practice do to improve the usability of EHRs in support of practice management? EHR optimization is crucial. By maximizing the value of the solution, you gain efficiencies, reduce staff burnout, and enable clinicians to spend more time delivering care.
EHR optimization is the process of identifying and applying solutions to efficiency problems with the platform. The National Academy of Medicine defines it as “a tailored, multipronged strategy that incorporates an organization’s clinician-identified pain points, clinical informatics and technology resources, and clinician and leadership buy-in.”
Without optimization, EHR issues only grow worse, leading to negative consequences. It’s critical to create a strategy by working with EHR experts that understand how your practice runs and how to align EHR workflows.
The Most Common EHR Challenges
EHRs have been a major part of practice function for many years. While the technology has matured considerably, problems remain, particularly regarding usability and workflows. Research on this topic has yielded interesting findings around several key themes.
Optimization is the best way to manage these challenges and drive positive returns from your EHR.
To make your EHR a tool that improves efficiency and supports clinician decision-making and care, follow these steps.
Your EHR plays a critical role in achieving new benchmarks, growth, and higher quality care. When optimized and customized to fit your needs, the EHR enables you to improve practice management. If the platform performs as it should, efficiency increases while user dissatisfaction decreases.
If you need help working toward optimization or transitioning to an EHR that better serves your practice, we can help. Contact us today for a consultation.