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Electronic Health Record System

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Electronic health record systems are very helpful in the outpatient setting, but EHRs are only as good as the staff and the staff that input data into the system. Electronic Health Record systems have many functional applications in the outpatient setting. Task lists, communication with others within the practice, and improving billing accuracy and claims, are just three of the many functional applications EHRs provide to clinical end-users in an outpatient setting. By creating day to task and imputing those tasks into the electronic health care system, a day to day pace is set for the individual and other members of staff. Communication with others in the practice is improved through electronic health record systems. An atmosphere of more…show more content…
Tasks inputs can be viewed by one single individual or by the entire department. By making daily tasks available to all individuals, the “what are we going to do today?” question is eliminated and staff members are given direction as to what is expected of them that day, week, or month. Communication functionality is an electronic health record system creates and harbors an atmosphere of open communication. Everyone in an outpatient clinic manages patients. EHRs help manage not only communication between staff but also patient communication. EHRs can help manage communication of incoming patients, or follow-ups. Electronic health records should not replace face to face communication between staff members and patients. Electronic health record systems should improve and add value to staff and patient communication. By improving patient communication using EHRs, claims and billing would be improved. Taking the guesswork out of coding, building a claim, and billing for reimbursement are functional applications of electronic health record systems in an outpatient setting. Coding is the most important process in the reimbursement process. Electronic health record systems provide an electronic form of finding and signing codes to patient visits. By taking the guesswork and the time that a coder would take to look for appropriate codes to build patient claims. EHRs help outpatient coders look for correct codes, assign codes to services provided, build claims, and submit claims for billing and reimbursement. Which would translate into faster patient turn around times and faster reimbursement for services provided to
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