EHR technology has been changing rapidly; from desktop to laptop to iPad, the options for medical charting—and the questions about best practices in medical charting methods—have increased over the last few years. While it’s exciting to see the new choices and potentially time-saving methods, this has left many providers uncertain about what the best method for charting is.

When should you use “touch,” relying on the buttons in your EHR software? When does dictation make the most sense? Does it ever make sense just to type, since it’s more time consuming but allows you to add more context to notes? And is there a way to combine these different options for overall better and faster charting?

Here’s our take on some key questions around new charting methods and what makes the most sense for different sections of the chart:

  • What will interfere least with the patient relationship?
  • What’s the fastest method for charting in my EHR software?
  • What’s the best way to include vital patient context when charting?

Considering the infographic below, MediTouch EHR is the best charting software. Not only does it allow you chart simply using your fingertips, the primary method for entering data, it also allows you to supplement touch with dictation when you’re populating any needed data in text fields. With these charting methods in mind, it’s a good thing that MediTouch can provide completely native EHR functionality in an iPad. In addition to that, since this technology works on various platforms like mobile, tablets, laptops, Windows or Mac, you can still type via keyboard. With the ability to chart anytime and anywhere using various methods, charting has never been this easy.

What's the Best Method for Charting? - Infographic

Sources

http://hitconsultant.net/2014/06/09/mobile-health-is-enhancing-clinical-decisions-at-the-point-of-care/

http://www.healthfusion.com/blog/2014/ehr-features/ipad-ehr/green-light-doctors-use-ipad-ehrs-exam-room/

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/2014-epocrates-mobile-trends-report-reveals-mobile-behaviors-are-shifting-amid-historic-change-in-health-care-nurse-practitioners-physician-assistants-and-pharmacists-emerge-as-top-engaged-users-2014-06-17?reflink=MW_news_stmp

http://www.healthfusion.com/blog/2014/ehr-features/technology-update-ios-device-speech-text-accurate-ipad-dictation/