No one wants to think about what might happen to their business if a natural disaster were to hit. You may not be worried about flooding if you do not live in a flood zone, but a fire can start from one small flame and completely ruin a building and a business. This is one of the reasons you want to be prepared by having your chiropractic practice’s information (and your patients’ information) securely in an EHR system. If you have not been running your business digitally, you may be setting yourself up for failure if a disaster were to occur. More practically, however, an EHR system can help you in the day-to-day to run your business better.
Why Paperless Can Help Your Business
Many people may not consider that having a paperless business can help improve their work efficiency or even make their business grow. However, having an EHR system has helped many chiropractic businesses stop plateauing and reach their full potential. For example, if you have all of your patients’ files in physical folders, not only is there a possible security risk, but you can easily lose or misplace the file. This can cause a delay when it comes to billing the patient, filing an insurance claim, and processing their appointment smoothly. This can all be avoided with a reliable EHR system.
Why You Want an EHR System, Not an EMR
If you have been deciding between an EMR system and an EHR system, you may be wondering if they are the same thing. After all, don’t they both take care of your patients’ records? Not necessarily. In fact, if your practice uses EMRs, it is essentially having all of the paper files copied onto a computer. This can certainly make it easier to access and search, but that does not necessarily make the information more secure or easily transferable. In fact, if you ever need to move information out of your EMR, you would still need to make a copy of the record and scan it.
An EHR system, on the other hand, can hold your patients’ information and send it to any intended recipient quickly and securely without the need to copy, scan, or fax. This is also a great tool for your patients. When they need to see their results, your notes, and other medical data, they can log on to their patient portal and view it all in one spot.
If you’re worried that your office is falling behind in technology, call a chiropractic billing company, to see how an EHR system can help.