A multi-office practice deploys a hybrid EMR, offering secure dissemination of patient information among locations.
By Robert Hendler
A satellite office provides a multitude of benefits to a practice and its patients. However, the logistical challenge of managing paper charts between locations can open a Pandora’s Box that challenges both patient care and practice uniformity; such was the case with Cardiac Specialists, P.C.
With bricks and mortar firmly in place, our new satellite office gave patients the flexibility to choose their preferred location. At times, we were unable to coordinate paper-chart data between locations, which overshadowed many of the benefits provided by our new facility. With 20,000 active and inactive charts residing within our primary office and no technology in place to synchronize patient information (e.g., visitation notes, test and prescription data) between facilities, both the practice and patient suffered delays.
Additionally, because the charts resided within our primary office, physician access to patient information was impeded. In an effort to compensate, staff members would fax patient records between locations, or nurses would read patient information to a physician over the telephone. Occasionally, these communication methods could not keep up with requirements of a group whose specialty by its very nature demanded instantaneous access to patient information in its entirety. In addition, there were common paper-chart inefficiencies — misfiled, incomplete and duplicate charts — that reduced the efficiency of our practice. ... more
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