A new survey reports 59 percent of health-insured consumers interested in Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and digital tools would opt for a primary care physician who offers these tools, such as a patient mobile app, as opposed to one who does not.

Of 2,000 adults surveyed, 1,736 were currently insured. Forty-six percent would choose one with virtual treatment options, and 38 percent would favor a doctor who would utilize their healthcare data from wearable devices in an effort to maintain more “up-to-date views of their health.”

There is no better time to implement these innovative technologies. Healthcare IT News reports, “Nearly 75 percent of patients expressed a high level of interest in accessing their electronic medical records, according to new research, and 33 percent indicated that EHRs have already changed their experience for the better.”

In a survey conducted by CareCloud, 35 percent preferred using an online patient portal, 29 percent favored phone calls, with nearly 21 percent preferring to communicate via email. “Patients of all ages are actually embracing digital online patient tools from scheduling appointments to accessing their medical records and making online payments,” said CareCloud CEO Ken Comee.

The survey also discovered, of those currently using healthcare digital tools, nearly 62 percent of users were Baby Boomers (51 to 65 years of age). Approximately 50 percent utilized digital tools for prescription refills, while 43 percent communicated with their physicians regarding healthcare-related topics.

Challenges Faced By Healthcare Providers

Physicians find it essential to maintain paper patient charts, despite having technological advances at their fingertips. Navigating a system to input data requires additional time, whereas quickly taking notes and leaving it for someone else to finish the process allows them the ability to move to the next patient within a few minutes.

Under the previous reimbursement system, physicians felt pressured to spend less time with patients in an effort to meet productivity goals. The new value-based system encourages healthcare providers to focus on providing high-quality care versus meeting high productivity goals. Other challenges include poor quality digital healthcare tools, such as the need to use multiple systems to input EHR data and complicated patient portals.

Benefits of Implementing EHRs and Digital Tools

  • Save money by mostly eliminating the need for paper and printer/copier ink.
  • Paper is easily destroyed. For example, a fire or flood would wholly ruin paper records.
  • Handwritten notes and prescriptions can be problematic due to illegible handwriting.
  • Improved efficiency and productivity.
  • Better quality care through better access to healthcare records, tests, appointments, and prescription information.
  • Patients will be more informed and can collaborate with provider in the decision-making process regarding their health and treatment options.

Moving from the traditional method of patient management does not have to be arduous. Raintree Systems offers viable solutions, such as the “Crawl EHR Adoption Strategy,” allowing physicians to optimize revenue by easily transitioning into using EHRs and digital tools. Speak with a professional today by calling 800-333-1033.