Demand for innovative wound care is increasing, and today’s EHR and digital imaging technology offers new ways to overcome obstacles and improve outcomes.
As clinicians and patients become more comfortable with technology, organizations that have incorporated EHRs have seen its benefits in the crucial areas of efficiency, revenue and positive patient outcomes. In the ongoing effort to minimize pressure injuries, abscesses and other wounds, the combined use of wound care EHRs and advanced digital imaging can ensure that hospitals and wound care centers have the best options for their staff and those they treat. Yet many hospitals and clinics are not realizing the full benefits these technologies offer.
Integrating digital imaging with EHR technology takes the guesswork out of making the transition from manually measuring wounds and recording data to quickly documenting wound images and measurements with an efficient mobile workflow. Here are eight benefits hospitals and clinics can expect when adopting this higher standard of clinical documentation.
1. Improved workflow efficiency
Having a system that reduces time spent on manually entering data means more time spent with patients. Making sure the digital recording process is streamlined and efficient will mean that, within two to three steps, information is photographed, transferred to an EHR system, and stored in the correct patient file and any other necessary fields.
2. Fewer errors to improve accuracy, reduce variability and enhance quality of life
Digital imaging cuts down on the risk of manual errors and inaccuracies in wound measurement, recording, and data entry, optimizing a patient’s treatment and outcome.
3. Better decision-making
Advanced wound care EHRs allow for simple and consistent wound care documentation from clinician-to-clinician, and digital imaging furthers the data in the EHR by including easy access to key data points, including wound images and detailed measurements. This gives caregivers a clearer picture of the patient’s previous and current statuses for each unique wound.
4. Reduced treatment variability
The tracking and treatment of wounds with 2D and 3D imaging translates to better outcomes and patient quality of life. Clinicians and caregivers can zoom in to get a more in-depth view of the wound bed and, because the process is standardized, variability is reduced.
5. Expanded access to care
Recognizing the need for patients to receive care even when they cannot make it into a clinic, facilities can still treat those who need them with the use of telehealth and digital technology.
6. Lower overhead and higher revenues
Since the technology eliminates unnecessary tasks, costs are reduced and clinicians have time to treat more patients.
7. Enhanced reporting
The accurate and consistent documentation made easy through the use of the EHR and digital technology system helps to give meaningful insights in to how your clinical practice is performing. This advanced and wound-specific reporting allows Clinic Managers to gather the meaningful insights they need to understand how care is being provided within the Wound Care Center.
8. Improved compliance
Wound care-specific EHRs provide a comprehensive documentation systems that allow wound care practices to remain compliant with local and federal standards.
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8 Benefits to Integrating Digital Imaging with EHR Technology
Advanced technology means better decision making and superior care