According to a recent survey conducted by the Physicians’ Foundation, many primary care providers in the U.S. feel overworked and plan to cut back on the amount of patients they see or quit practicing entirely. In addition, 60 percent of those polled state they would not recommend medicine as a career choice. “The whole… process has just become too burdensome,” according to one of the doctors surveyed.
Paperwork is one of the contributing factors. 90 percent say non-clinical paperwork has increased over the last three years. The vast majority was unsatisfied with their job, and they were considering moving to part time, changing jobs, or retiring.
Electronic medical records (EMRs) can provide the solution. Instead of cutting back at the office, healthcare providers should learn to work smarter, not harder. EMRs can help reduce operating expenses by eliminating the costs associated with managing paper, such as time spent scanning, faxing, and searching for misfiled paper charts.
EMRs can also increase revenue. A good EMR will improve documentation and support higher coding. Higher coding allows providers to collect for work they already do, but were not previously able to document. In addition, EMRs can help you reduce billing errors, through reduced data entry and tracking your payments.
Many physicians are feeling the pinch due to the lackluster economy. Cutting back on patients may not be a feasible option. Instead, adopting an EMR can help doctors and other providers work less hours while increasing their revenue.