Integrating Telehealth with EHR
The true benefits of Telehealth can only really be realized when Telehealth solutions are integrated with a practice's Electronic health system – EHR. When these two systems interact as a single solution - unifying patient information - medical professionals can provide a seamless patient experience that not only boosts efficiency, but facilitates better diagnosing, thereby improving patient outcomes.
For Telehealth to benefit a medical practice, patients must be willing to use it. EHR (https://www.healthbridge.co.za/
The security of the information stored in EHR is paramount. Integrating Telehealth is a game changer as it utilizes & combines video, voice, & data. Therefore, ensuring that there is appropriate security in place for the Telehealth solution used by a practice is also of great importance.
A medical practice will benefit greatly from a solution that allows the healthcare professional to access patient information directly from the EHR system, so that real-time patient information & data is readily available from either system.
By integrating & unifying patient recordkeeping between the Telehealth & EHR system, the potential for errors when updating patient records is minimized as compared to using standalone systems for the same purpose.
Billing from two separate systems is not ideal – not for the practice nor its patients. As the integrated telehealth & EHR platforms improve the flow of information it also means that one set of information is used to create billing instructions that can then be generated & issued into an invoice seamlessly.
Because more modern telehealth and EHR systems store data in the cloud, medical professionals do not physically need to be in the practice to access patient records or practice data.
Being able to treat patients virtually from a EHR system eliminates the additional travel time & expense & time off work that is often necessary with in-person visits. Patients appreciate the ease-of-use, convenience & money saving of being able to access care without physically needing to visit the practice.
While integrating Telehealth, EHR solutions is important for a modern, patient-friendly medical practice, it does not need to be an overly complex or needlessly expensive exercise. Seek out technology partners who understand the benefit to a specific practice by opening access to care while closing the gaps in the flow of information.
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