In the healthcare industry, transparency and ease of information access can be the determining factor in saving a life. Because of this, medical practitioners across the country call for what is referred to as interoperability or the extent to which, systems and devices have the ability to exchange and interpret patient information for a user. Recently, the ONC’s Meaningful Use rules have established a roadmap for interoperability, readying the industry for a new era of EHR in healthcare.
Jeff Frankel Executive VP and Principal at DocStar, weighs in on EHR in healthcare in his article Turbo Charge Your Healthcare Practice with an Integrated ECM Strategy on Technology Advice stating:
It is increasingly important for healthcare practices to ensure that all data exchange is consistent, efficient and secure across multiple platforms and locations. Healthcare practices also need to implement a HIPAA compliant, secure approach not only for their EHR, but for all systems and documentation that affect their organization – from the back office to customer service.
Not only does the right ECM system set your organization up for secure information transfer and access, it reduces errors in data entry, streamlines accounts payable and the audit process, compliance in HIPAA, and improves relationships between medical practitioners and their patients. Jeff Frankel sums up the overall benefits of content management systems with this:
The bottom line is that across the enterprise, every aspect of a practice can benefit from a solid content management system. With new cloud technologies and Hybrid ECM systems, practices can decide where to manage their data – whether on premises, in the cloud, or as a hybrid solution. Automation is beneficial for any size practice, and particularly useful for those who have multiple geographic locations. And with new cloud technologies available, there is minimal upfront investment and almost no IT burden.