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Challenges for Practices Replacing Their EHR in 2016

Aiden Spencer is a health IT researcher and writer at CureMD who focuses on various engaging and informative topics related to the health IT industry. He loves to research and write about topics such as Affordable Care Act, electronic health records, revenue cycle management, privacy, and security of patient health data. You can get in touch with him on Twitter @AidenSpencer15
A recent Jackson Healthcare report on physician trends found that 85% of providers have adopted electronic health records (EHR) systems. Also worth noting is that 61% of physicians reported their EHR's overhead costs have increased due to Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements. At the same time, provider satisfaction with their EHR systems has been declining. Today’s providers understand that an EHR can make or break their practice's efficiency.

It is likely that 2016 will see many physicians replacing underperforming EHRs in an effort to better manage regulation compliance as well as revenue cycles.

Specific Reasons to Replace Your EHR in 2016
1. Your Staff Juggles Multiple Systems
Collecting data should not be the cause of workflow inefficiency. When your staff has to log into your EHR to access patient information, then log into a separate practice management system to retrieve patient billing data, far too much time is wasted. The demands on you and your staff will only increase in the coming years and a unified solution makes the most sense for the long-term health of your practice.

2. Your EHR Doesn't Fit Your Specialty
Out-of-the-box solutions that lack customization options leave specialty practices desiring for more. When the system cannot be customized for your specialty, the result is documentation that takes a considerable amount of time—time that eats into treating patients and earning revenue.

An EHR solution that comes with customizable templates will allow your practice to grow and have the functionality that’s tailored to your specific workflow.

3. Your System Suffers from Chronic Technical Problems
Information technology problems are not only a hassle, they can seriously affect your practice’s productivity and patient satisfaction. EHR hardware and software problems force staff to work longer hours to play catch-up.

4. It’s Lacking Features You Need
Features like patient portals, iPad apps and automated patient reminders aren’t just “nice extras,” they can be a huge benefit to your workflow. For instance, automated reminders can save significant staff time and reduce no-shows. Patient portals allow patients to access their lab results without your staff having to spend time playing phone tag. Every practice should be able to leverage these features.

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