As an administrator, one of your goals is to ensure that your facility’s patients receive an excellent level of care from your physicians. That means finding ways to eliminate errors in patient records, and make the documentation procedure as efficient as possible.
Electronic medical records software has provided many useful tools that allow a more streamlined approach to physician documentation and reporting. However, even though technological advances have improved the quality of patient records, there are still many improvements that can be made. Synoptic reporting is one example of a system that can be used alongside your EMR to improve not only the care your facility offers, but your patients’ records as well.
Reducing Medical Record Errors
When it comes to completing surgical reports, a great deal of time can be wasted on finding and fixing medical errors. Most of the time, those errors are made because the dictation was unclear, or because the documents were poorly transcribed. Synoptic reporting is an excellent way to reduce, or even eliminate errors in your patients’ records altogether. As a result, the correct reports are entered into the patients’ charts, saving you and your physicians a great deal of valuable time.
Improving Reporting Efficiency
If you currently use a transcription service, whether it’s in-house or you are outsourcing medical transcription, there is a distinct lack of efficiency in the process. It takes time to properly transcribe medical documents, and depending on the amount of changes that need to be made to the reports you receive, it can sometimes take days or weeks before the information is entered into patient records. With Synoptic reporting, that time is eliminated altogether because reports are developed automatically through a template that has been set up for that specific physician, based on his or her specialty. That means each patient report will contain the vital information that’s needed to sustain and complete patient record.
Facilitating Easy Records Transfer
In order to provide patients with the best care, it’s frequently necessary to refer them to other practitioners for consultations. However, when there is a delay in providing those practitioners with the information they need to make an accurate diagnosis, it can result in frustration for the patient, as well as for your physician. With Synoptic reporting, all patient records are updated immediately, and all reports are inserted into the patient’s record as soon as they are completed. Physicians can easily send any reports or notes to another practitioner, which is an excellent feature.
Improved Care Through Measuring Outcomes
Although electronic medical records have provided clinicians with a vast amount of benefits when it comes to maintaining their patients’ records, many of them lack an ability to provide measured outcomes. With Synoptic reporting, your physicians will have access to alerts and reminders that will help them keep patient care on task throughout every stage of treatment. With these alerts, and with the ability to measure patient outcomes, you will find that the level of treatment your facility is able to offer your patients will increase tremendously.
In addition to these benefits, Synoptic reporting has proven to cut transcriptions costs entirely, resulting in no need to outsource medical transcription, or employ an in-house transcription team.