EHR vs Paper Charts
Here are a few of the reasons to go the EHR route:
Paper Charts take up too much space
Patient charts typically contain initial paperwork, diagnosis from each visit, super-bills, insurance documents, tests, prescription information, and specialty specific documents. These records can become overwhelming and expensive to store at your location. With HIPPA compliance law requiring all medical records to be maintained for a minimum of 6 years, the accumulating documents become a logistical burden for most practices.
Lack of Privacy
Physical documents tend to have a much lower level of security than their EHR counterparts. When office hours are over, there usually isn’t much to prevent access by cleaning or maintenance staff, and others . By transitioning to an EHR, all patient data becomes password protected with multiple security levels and encrypted to prevent unauthorized access. The monitoring of access to these files is tracked and the security access is audited.
Papers get lost too easily
Paper documents have a tendency to be easily misplaced. The costs associated with a lost document can range from wasted time, to a difference between life or death for a patient.
Transferring information becomes harder.
Moving physical patient charts.
Difficult to read handwriting
Potential for damage
Meaningful Use Attestation
Directly from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: “Eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 over five years under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. There’s an additional incentive for eligible professionals who provide services in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HSPA).