Electronic medical records (EMRs) are digitized versions of patients’ information, and they’re a game-changer for healthcare organizations. By transitioning from paper to digital records, dental care providers can improve overall productivity and provide better care for patients. Here are some other benefits of using EMRs.
1. Better communication
Fast and accurate communication between workstations is key to providing quality dental care. From staying in touch with staff to instantly contacting customers, a dental institution must have an effective means of communication, and this is where an EMR system comes in.
EMR software enables frontline staff to quickly transfer a patient’s medical records to other departments in real-time. When the patient’s information is recorded in the system, other medical staff will no longer need to question the patient about his or her conditions again and can proceed to treat the patient in a timely manner.
2. Lower costs
Reducing operational costs is a must for practices operating on a tight budget, and cutting redundant expenses is therefore necessary. When it comes to paper records, a dental practice could be using hundreds of thousands of sheets of paper each year.
By implementing an EMR system, practices can reduce the labor behind recordkeeping and cut down on paper costs. It also reduces the likelihood of costly errors when handing out prescription medications because of illegible handwriting or incomplete documentation.
3. Scalable recordkeeping
Before EMRs, dental practices needed to devote an entire room, if not more, for storing the paper records of patients. When a practice grows, the number of patients increases along with it, and more space is required for physical data storage. EMR software provides a more efficient way of storing data on a virtualized platform compared to traditional paper records. The recordkeeping process is completely scalable, and EMRs will not take up valuable space in the hospital as paper records do.
4. Efficient treatment
With the help of an EMR system, patient checkups take less time since dentists can quickly access a patient’s medical record and reference the information needed to schedule appointments. When the turnaround time for the recording and prescription processes is reduced, a practice can greatly improve its patient workflow.
Moreover, if further consultation or testing is required, dentists in other locations can simultaneously view a patient’s medical record on their computers, and get the latest test results and recommendations from previous doctors. EMR systems essentially enable dental care providers to collaborate more efficiently with one another.
A practice’s goal is to provide better patient care, and the benefits of EMRs can help improve various medical processes, including quicker access to patient information, better collaboration between departments and dental care providers, and improved patient workflow. For more information on how to implement EMR software in your dental practice, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help.