Why You Need to Transition to Digital Patient Charts

Do you know how much paper charts are costing you? By some estimates, manual charting can consume up to $3-7 per chart. Based on national case volume averages, this can add up to $30,000 per year spent on recording patient data, assembling and disassembling case files, and retrieving charts. With these numbers in mind, the time is now to transition to digital patient charts.

Take control of your time

Besides cost savings, digital charts save time and energy. No longer do you have to worry about storage space, courier costs, or mountains of papers building up. Digital storage does away with the need for chart shredding and ensures you never lose a file. Moving patient data to the cloud gives your staff time back to focus more on the most important part of their jobs: providing patient care.

Run the right reports

When you need to evaluate your performance metrics, how do you access data? Using multiple software systems, cross-referencing, and pulling reports manually is time-consuming, not to mention how much room there is for human error.

When you invest in a digital solution, all the data from your ASC is stored in one place, making pulling reports easier than ever. Prompts within the charting system help to remove the possibility of mistakes and ensure that you have consistent, quality data.

Communicate better

With digital charting, all staff have access to the same patient information. The data is stored in a HIPAA-compliant, secure cloud. With intuitive organization tools, all patient information is archived in a way that makes sense and follows the same template. With an all-in-one option, you can easily find consent forms, labs, and H&Ps. Barcodes can simplify the organization process even further to group individual pages with the right patient and right section.

Send targeted messages

Appropriate communication is a crucial metric for improving the patient experience. But manually going through patient charts and calling with appointment reminders is time-consuming. When patient data is all streamlined digitally, you can integrate individualized pre-op reminders for patients. Besides improving communication on the front-end, you can use the same technology to send follow-up care instructions and reminders to complete exit surveys.

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