Patient portal technology let patients use a web-based connection to communicate with their healthcare providers from laptops, tablets and their smart phones. Physicians also have a range of choices.
Revenue Is Far From Company's Ambitious Targets
The federal government's push to get doctors and medical providers to use electronic health records rather than paper is not getting universal approval from physicians.
- Some doctors say electronic record keeping distracts from patient care
- Congress created the Meaningful Use program in 2009 when it passed the federal stimulus bill
- Proponents say electronic records improve patient care and will lower costs
Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media , January 7, 2014
Our guest columnist recounts the IT-clinical partnership at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System that reduced ED patient walkouts by 1.2% and increased co-pay collections by 26%.
- They document the clinician's information collection, problem assessment and plan for the patient;
- They create a complete and accurate record that can be used by other clinicians to care for the patient;
- They provide substantiation for what was done for legal reasons and reimbursement.
- Eighty-one percent of physicians said the EHR helped them remotely access a patient's chart.
- Sixty-five percent of physicians said the EHR alerted them to a potential medical error.
- Sixty-two percent said it alerted them to critical lab values.
- Between 30 percent and 50 percent of physicians associated clinical benefits with EHR use, including providing recommended care, ordering appropriate tests and increasing patient communication.