As a privileged physician, you know that having a complete picture of your clients’ health status and medical history helps providers make more informed clinical decisions about each client’s plan of care.
The introduction of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) will give you complete and more immediate access to your clients’ information. Read on to learn more!
Continuity of Care
All clinical staff can access relevant client information from other sites and providers. This means you will have instant access to information from colleagues involved in your clients’ care; you’ll be able to make sure that no aspects of care are interrupted.
With the EHR, Clinicians will provide consistent care based on best practices; the system will have standardized Order Sets to guide the most appropriate treatment and make order entry more efficient for you. An extremely important part of transforming the health care needs of our population!
Decision support tools
The EHR will provide relevant information at the right time to inform decision making and to guide care. This means that the system can alert you to potential drug interactions, allergies or duplicate orders during the ordering process. It can also alert you to the need for appropriate preventative measures (such as VTE prophylaxis).
All staff will be able to access client information at the same time, and it will be the most up-to-date information available – it will be real-time information. You will be able to:
- Place orders remotely.
- Place orders in a planned state in anticipation of a procedure, etc.
- See real-time interdisciplinary assessments remotely.
Collaboration and Communication
Since client information will be in one place, Clinicians will be supported in providing coordinated care. This means you will have easy access to a comprehensive view of your clients’ statuses in one location.
As clients’ records get added to the EHR, Clinicians will spend less time needing to repeat documentation and communication, and will be able to spend more time planning and providing care. As a result, there will be:
- Less duplication in ordering of diagnostics.
- Less time spent waiting for “old charts” to be pulled.
- Less time waiting or searching for charts.
The EHR uses specific, evidence-based language. This will make it easier for you to compare assessment data from members of the health care team, as they, and everyone else, everywhere else, will be using the same descriptive terms.
Client and Provider Safety
The EHR will help ensure your clients’ and your own safety.
- Barcode scanners will be introduced, allowing internal system checks to provide alerts if orders conflict with noted allergies. This means that you can be alerted to potential prescribing errors immediately.
- The system also supports communicating risks, such as violence, cytotoxic precautions, falls, skin integrity, and infection control precautions. This means you will have the information necessary to keep your client and yourself safe while providing care.
Clients will no longer need to repeat their history and medications to multiple providers, they can take comfort in knowing their providers are informed. Your clients will spend less time repeating their health and medication history and more time discussing their plans of care.
The EHR will make information available to support continuously evaluating clinical practice. This means that you can connect your practice with outcomes, and adjust where necessary, to ensure that your clients receive the highest quality care possible.
There will be many opportunities for you and your team to become involved.
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