EMR (electronic medical records) are a way to store medical records of patients and then quickly access them when the time comes. Unlike in the past, doctors and physicians can now save time and money every time they need to access records. Instead of finding the right file and then the right part of the file, they can do searches based on conditions or on the individual patient. Over the course of the day, many physicians have suggested that this can save as much as 1-2 hours. This represents a huge time saving, allowing them to fit even more patients in every single day, with in fact, less stress in the process, which is ideal for any medical facility and health care professional.
The problem that many health care facilities have with electronic medical records software is initially getting it integrated into their every day workings. A lot of staff are not fluent when it comes to working on computers, or have never used this type of software before. Obviously this leads to the software being used incorrectly, or not at all, which is not what these medical facilities are paying for. This is one of the reasons that EMR consulting is the best way forward.
What it offers
EMR consulting allows members of staff to get the training they need in order to search and add documentation. Essentially, after EMR consulting, they will be completely fluent on this piece of software and therefore, they will be able to incorporate it into their every day workings, which is what the medical facility will have wanted to begin with. Obviously there are different levels when it comes to the training sessions, which is great when it comes to having different members of staff. This ensures that each member of staff is equal to the next and no one member of staff is being relied on in order to ensure that the electronic medical records are used every day and updated when they need to be.
What will a consultant do?
EMR consulting usually consists of a consultant coming to the place of work, where the software is being used. Before arriving the consultant would have found out everything that they need to know, to ensure that their EMR consulting runs smoothly. This ensures that they know the level of competency that the staff have in terms of using this software, but at the same time, they know which are the main features that the staff will be needing to use. The role of the consultant is to get all members of staff to a level where they can operate the systems on a daily basis, without any external help and this can usually be achieved within one training session, but sometimes in the space of the few minutes.
How will this help?
The ultimate aim of electronic medical records software is to save medical facilities time and money on a daily basis. Without EMR consulting, it is likely that the members of staff will quickly become confused by the systems that the EMR software wants to integrate. Of course, this will lead to the software being used correctly. By using EMR consulting, each member of staff will be working efficiently and potentially be saving a couple of hours of time every single day, which allows them to work on other tasks, getting more and more done over time. Even if software has been integrated for a while, refresher consultancy sessions also help to keep staff up to scratch when it comes to using the system and even if the software needs upgrading, a quick EMR consulting session could be the way forward.