With the state of the healthcare industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, questions about resources in the healthcare industry have been prevalent. Medical practitioners have been working their hardest to treat patients quickly, safely, and efficiently so as to flatten the curve.
However, as the number of patients rises, so too does the realization that there is a great need for more ways to save time and money. Implementing technology into healthcare practices may significantly help this need. Below are some ways how.
Electronic Health Records
By and large, one of the most notable ways to increase optimization in healthcare practices is to expand the use of electronic health records, otherwise known as EHRs. Caregivers can use EHRs to quickly search for the most recent medical records for a patient, opening up more time for actually administering the care a patient needs.
As such, EHRs eliminate the hassle of rummaging through files and paperwork, reducing the probability of diagnostic errors, repeated or unnecessary testing, and other possible errors in data collecting or processing. Sharing data between hospitals also becomes much more efficient with EHRs, as access to and sharing of digital records is nearly instantaneous.
Although the term “telehealth” spans multiple categories, the root of telehealth is what’s most valuable for saving time and money. As it stands, telehealth refers to administering both health-related services and information remotely.
This helps improve accessibility and communication between healthcare practitioners and patients, and in the state the world is in now, this is utterly important for everyone’s safety. Telehealth also helps reduce the frequency of packed waiting rooms in which patients often have to wait for hours before receiving the attention they urgently need. This is also especially important in the context of COVID-19 as the CDC strongly recommends practicing social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.
Claims Management Software
Investing in a claims management software is an effective way to save money and increase efficiency. A claims management software helps with administration and processing for various types of benefits and claims, including medical, dental, vision, and much more. When it comes to claims management software the aspects that are most important to look for are flexibility, reliability, user-friendliness, and security.
By utilizing technology to increase efficiency in healthcare practices, hospitals all around the United States could halve administrative costs which could save $175 billion in healthcare costs. These improvements could be a factor that greatly contributes to flattening the curve of COVID-19 cases by preventing waiting rooms from being overloaded.