A recent study by the IDC says no. The study cited the two most frequent reasons for EHR dissatisfaction involved lost productivity - spending more time on documentation (85 percent) and seeing fewer patients (66 percent). Research has shown health care providers using EHR during patient care can lose up to $75,000 per year.
A Maryland doctor recently commented on why he decided it was more economical to take the penalty than to continue to use EHR, explaining, "We tried EMR in my clinic for three months. We lost more than the $40,000 incentive in diminished productivity. We went back to paper. The only doctors who don't suffer massive losses in productivity with EMR are those who aren't seeing very many patients to begin with. Our EMR software could not keep past records plus the current encounter form open simultaneously; therefore we lost the ability to look back in the record while working on the current encounter."
So why are EHRs decreasing productivity? One has to look at the research on multi-tasking to understand the decrease in productivity, which has repeatedly shown that multi-tasking lowers productivity and accuracy. This occurs when a health care provider is providing medical care while interfacing with the EHR system.
Not only does the tablet cause decreased productivity due to multi-tasking, health care providers are missing clues from their patients by missing out on eye contact and the stories that come with the patient. This could lead to more medical testing and a prolonged wait for a diagnosis.
Additionally, health care providers are continually fretting over interfacing with their systems. Over half of all physicians are already seeking a new EHR platform due to lack of technical support and functionality. Shopping around and learning multiple systems takes away from time that could be spent on direct patient care.
Transcription Plus, LLC can help health care providers with these issues. Our ability to connect directly to your EHR system lets doctors be doctors again (while we do your clerical work) without penalty. We train our staff on each of the EHR systems, so we can provide you with the support you need, especially if your practice is changing systems. Also, our quick turn-around allows health care providers to continue to focus on doing what they do best: Provide the best medical care possible, without the interference of focusing on a tablet. Transcription Plus, LLC has an I.T. staff proficient in the technical aspect of partnering with your environment, ensuring everything is secure and HIPAA compliant. We also have easy to use toll-free dictation phone lines, to support doctors' needs.
Please contact me directly to learn about our abilities to interface with your system directly and help you become more efficient with your electronic health records.
Mary A. Goehring
Transcription Plus, LLC
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Bristol, CT 06010
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