Interoperability across healthcare providers has been hindered by the limitations created by reliance on old technology by some healthcare organizations. When such organizations discover the cost of upgrading their systems to comply with current health IT data exchange standards, they naturally put it off. Thankfully, most of the new EHR systems are cloud-based systems which offer a variety of benefits.
Low Capital Investment
Cloud-based EHRs have become a major relief for many rural hospitals and smaller healthcare providers that are providing essential medical care to patients in remote areas. Traditionally, smaller rural hospitals have found the older electronic health records unaffordable or difficult to manage. To deploy the least expensive type of EHR a few years ago, it would require the purchase of new servers, hiring of IT staff and costly system updates.
However, smaller practitioners who have invested in cloud-based EHRs, like those supplied by HEF Solutions, have not only kept their organizations from going bankrupt, but they have enjoyed a wide variety of benefits. The new cloud-based systems have delivered cost savings, higher quality of care and enhanced patient satisfaction.
Fewer Billing Errors
Smart hospital managers who adopt a cloud-based EHR solution from a reliable vendor, usually move quickly through stage one attestation. The reimbursement the provider receives from attestation helps the provider improve the system and hire any technical personnel needed to enhance the system’s effectiveness.
Hiring additional personnel to handle billing and coding drastically reduces coding and billing errors while virtually eliminating claims rejections. This increases cash inflow significantly and reduces the number of days that payment needs to wait in accounts receivable.
Higher Quality of Care
Similarly, a cloud-based system brings about a dramatic improvement in the quality of care offered to patients. Patient records are updated automatically any time patient data is entered by a physician. This allows most clinical mistakes to drop instantly. There’s no multiple ordering of the same medical tests and no duplicating of care or errors in diagnosis. The doctor can gain access to full patient history and newly entered patient data is available in real-time.
Improved Health Data Interoperability
With the relatively low cost of implementing a cloud-based system, many new hospitals can easily enjoy the benefits of health IT interoperability. Hospitals only have to pay a monthly, quarterly or annual fee to use the EHR platform. They don’t need to pay for each upgrade, new interface, special training or add-ons that most small practitioners or rural healthcare facilities will find exorbitant.
Modern cloud-based EHR platforms are easier to use and adopt by healthcare providers regardless of their size. The only major hurdle is the attitude of the key stakeholders to change. That’s why leaders of healthcare facilities need to choose platforms that have intuitive user interfaces, fewer data entry screens, voice data input and a shorter learning curve.
Finally, using a cloud-based system makes it easy for facilities to build up cash reserves with a quicker collection of receivables. This makes it easy for them to sign up for health information exchange (HIE) services that offer better interoperability and improved patient outcomes. Patients also enjoy the use of robust patient portals that are available to hospitals through major HIE organizations.