For many people, an EMR is merely a digital copy of a patient’s health chart prepared by a clinician. However, with advancement in technology EMR has slowly started moving towards EHR – a system that allows ACOs to do much more than maintain soft copies of patient records.
ACOs, or Accountable Care Organizations, are steadily growing in number. As their popularity continues to rise and they gear up to capture a large chunk of the market share in the healthcare industry, their needs have evolved too. Electronic Medical Record or EMR, an essential requirement for any healthcare facility, no longer fits the bill when it comes to serving the requirements of large entities like ACOs. Such organizations have much higher expectations from this tool. A vanilla solution that only acts as a digital warehouse for storing patient charts is, therefore, not sufficient. It is vital to have a much more sophisticated approach to tie the various healthcare practices and physicians who come together to form an ACO so that they can function smoothly as a single organism. At this point, the EMR system metamorphoses into an EHR (Electronic Health Record). Some functions of this all-in-one solution are as follows:
If things continue to progress at this rate, the day is not far when a physician’s office will depend entirely on an EMR system for almost all administrative tasks. Such state-of-the-art EMR technology will possess enough potential to help physicians lower costs, optimize profitability, and provide much better service.
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