Whatever field of the health care industry you operate within, the transmission of patient information is vital. For chiropractors, access to a patient's electronic health records can shed light on years of chronic back pain (and all too often, the mismanagement of that issue in the form of pain killers, unnecessary tests and more).
Recently on this blog, we explored how EHR adoption is revolutionizing how private physicians, hospitals and federal organizations like the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) can work together to ensure that patients everywhere receive optimum care. Veterans, in particular, are an often overlooked segment of the population, and may of these individuals don't have the means to get to the nearest VA location to receive much-needed care. This very issue led the state of Maine to back a large-scale EHR adoption initiative to ensure that veterans in rural areas can benefit from informed diagnoses, and don't develop substantial gaps in their records.
FedTech, a magazine dedicated to the use of technology within the federal government, has also discussed the benefits of EHR in the context of the VA, though it's clear that the positive ramifications of wide-scale implementation extend beyond this realm.
"You can't talk about health data exchange if you're still faxing documents, and you can't talk about interoperability until you make exchange electronic," said Doug Fridsma, who serves as chief science officer and director of Office of Science and Technology with the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT. "Crossing that EHR adoption mark and developing standards that enable seamless exchange gives us the platform we need for accelerating progress toward meaningful use of shared data."
In order to unleash this potential for a seamless exchange, you need the best chiropractic EHR available. Selecting software that is intuitive and comprehensive can help facilitate this process while streamlining your day-to-day operations as well.