Major medical journals have discovered that the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) in hospital and other healthcare settings has been associated with a marked increase in clinician burnout and workplace stress. Specific sources of stress associated with electronic health records were excessive data entry, which detracted and added from other job duties like patient care, and poor collation of information from different healthcare institutions. Many clinicians felt that dealing with electronic health records ultimately upset their work-life balances.
Electronic health records have upended patient workflows to the extent that some physicians find that their job satisfaction goes down over time. One solution is for clinicians and physicians to locate third-party applications customized to the unique workflows of practicing physicians that are enfolded in to electronic health records. Incorporating such customization in to your electronic health records should enhance functionality and shore up more time for patient care. At the same time, physicians going this route can expect less duplicate efforts vis-a-vis hospital shift changes.
There’s no doubt that the change from traditional paper records to electronic record keeping has been traumatic for many clinicians. In many ways, hospital administrators and healthcare facilities across the country are still playing catch-up. Thankfully, integrated functionality within electronic health records offers hospitals and healthcare facilities the helping hand to smoothly negotiate this sea change in the modus operandi of healthcare record keeping. The end goal of incorporating this integrated functionality into your electronic health records will assuredly be more workplace satisfaction, better medical transcription, and more efficient care for patients.
So that frustration doesn’t get the best of healthcare professionals, they should remember that electronic health records were meant to make life easier for financial institutions and coding systems rather than improve patient care outcomes and the healthcare delivery of physicians and nurses. Accordingly, customized solutions from third parties are needed to offer the customized functionality to allow clinicians to succeed and augment health outcomes for patients. The disturbing part is that electronic health records may disrupt patient outcomes without the integration of third-party, customizable EHR solutions.
Optimizing electronic health records for an embedded application has a number of unique benefits for healthcare teams. Nurses, for instance, would immediately see their own name listed bedside alongside the names of the other nurses and healthcare professionals working on a particular patient. The advantage in terms of EHR is that clinicians won’t have to spend hours needlessly querying and summoning other professionals or worry about accurate, timely medical transcription. A clinician beginning his or her shift would quickly be apprised of the evolving EHR context; integrating such an EHR solution into your healthcare setting will improve the continuity of patient care and enable clinicians to operate more harmoniously.
An integrated EHR solution can provide dynamic staff and patient lists alongside action items in intuitive, accessible workflows that evolve at the speed of your healthcare needs. The condition, healthcare needs, and medications of your patients evolves over time, so why shouldn’t your EHR solution keep pace?