How Electronic Health Records can be Effectively Used

How Electronic Health Records can be Effectively Used

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, June 27, 2022

EMR can assist in maintaining treatment quality while migrating from a paper-based charting system

FREMONT, CA: Primary care physicians are increasingly embracing electronic medical record (EMR) systems in outpatient and hospital-based care. Many factors influence EMR system adoption, including the type of EMR, the practice setting, interface design, usability, and incentives. While there are numerous potential benefits and hazards associated with EMR implementation, one crucial feature is its ability to affect the patient-provider interaction. While some of these may appear obvious, providers often struggle with the shift and may benefit from such targeted counseling. EMR systems can incorporate the recommendation into daily practice to continue improving the quality of care while keeping the patient in mind.

Maintain a patient-centered rather than a computer-centered

Consider how much time you spend on the patient versus how much time you spend on the computer. Both computer use and communication with the patient necessitate concentrated attention. Be aware of screen gazing as well - we have a habit of glancing at the computer screen when obtaining irrelevant clinical information.

Take a look at patients

It is especially true when initially meeting new patients and discussing delicate topics with them at the start of the contact. Giving patients complete and undivided attention during critical issues ensures the patient opens up properly. While listening, making eye contact with the patient and their family is more significant.

Interact with your patient as much as possible

While entering data into patients' records, one should always keep in touch with them. When discussing data, they show the patient the result, such as specific laboratory values and where they fall within their normal range, by pointing to the screen.

Separate your patient encounter from regular data entry

To increase efficiency and maximize patient satisfaction, review the list of concerns, difficulties, and previous notes before entering the exam room. Routine data entries are separated to give you more time to communicate with your patients and their families. When possible, access the electronic system during transition periods.

Encourage your patient to take an active role

Acknowledge or request permission before writing on the patient's chart. Such approaches strengthen the patient-physician relationship and offer patients more confidence in the care the patient gets.

Make a concerted effort to enhance your typing and computer skills

It improves screen-scanning speed, browsing speed and accuracy, and learning to use the decision support successfully as grow more comfortable with the EMR system. Even the savviest computer users can improve their clinical effectiveness by learning shortcuts.

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