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Benefits of EHR Adoption

Implementing an EHR is not like buying a new copy machine. It takes an immense amount of time, energy, and resources—financial and otherwise—to implement one successfully. You are right to ask, “What’s in it for me? What’s it in for my patients? Why should I invest my energy and budget to implement an EHR?”

For Providers:

  • Quick access to patient records from inpatient and remote locations for more coordinated, efficient care
  • Enhanced decision support, clinical alerts, reminders, and medical information
  • Performance-improving tools, real-time quality reporting
  • Legible, complete documentation that facilitates accurate coding and billing
  • Interfaces with labs, registries, other EHRs and HIEs
  • Safer, more reliable prescribing

For Patients:

  • Reduced need to fill out the same forms at each office visit
  • Reliable point-of-care information and reminders notifying providers of important health interventions
  • Convenience of e-prescriptions electronically sent to the pharmacy
  • Patient portals for online interaction with providers
  • Electronic referrals allow for easier access to follow-up care with specialists

Financial and Productivity Advantages of EHR Adoption

  • Increased accuracy in coding, leading to average billable gains of $26 per patient visit [1]
  • Improved care delivery from clinical decision support capabilities (avg 12-20% improvement)[2]
  • Increased patient flow, staff productivity and increased revenue[3]
  • Study[4] concluded that EMRs help to avert costs and increase revenue leading to significant savings for the healthcare practice in:
    • Drug expenditures (34%)
      Improved utilization of radiology tests (14%)
    • Better capture of charges (2%)
    • Decreased billing errors (78%)

Case Study and financial numbers from NYeC

[1] http://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/1100/p43.html#fpm20041100p43-b2

[2] Chaudry, B. et al. 2006 “Systematic Review: Impact of Health Information Technology on Quality, Efficiency, and Costs of Medical Care”. Annals of Internal Medicine

[3] http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt?open=512&mode=2&objID=1958&PageID=20410

[4] Wange, S., et al. (2003) “A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Electronic Medical Records in Primary Care”. The American Journal of Medicine. V.114 , April

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