One of the complaints physicians have about electronic medical records software is that they feel as though they spend a lot of time clicking around from one screen to another in search of the clinical information they need. When using paper charts, physicians used rudimentary markers such as “sticky notes” or folded page corners to assist in navigating the health record; obviously those methods just won’t work with an EHR. The problem is that many software vendors have not engineered a better replacement for chart navigation.
With the limited time a clinician has to spend with a patient, you need to immediately access mission-critical data such as allergies, previous diagnoses and other information in order to efficiently care for your patients.
Unfortunately, many EHR software designs have two common flaws: some offer too much information in one place, resulting in clinicians being overwhelmed, and others scatter data that should be aggregated throughout the record, which results in excessive clicking. Neither is a workable answer.
Fortunately, MediTouch has two excellent solutions to this problem:
- The Longitudinal Patient Record and Interactive Timeline
- Dual View Mode
The Longitudinal Patient Record and Interactive Timeline is a single screen, at-a-glance record of all of your patient’s history, medications and clinically significant findings and events. You can scroll backward and forward faster than you can flip through a paper chart. And you choose what displays, so that you’re not overwhelmed with useless information: Any lab results that you or your staff identify as clinically significant will be displayed on the record.
Imagine: Instead of relying on a patient’s memory of how often they’ve experienced headaches, or flipping through the chart in search of all the previous instances, you can scroll through the timeline and see the findings color coded by:
- Vital Signs
Here’s how the Longitudinal Record displays the information you need in an at-a-glance format:
Dual View Mode is the second solution to aggregating data in an organized way in a single unified view. Activated by a convenient blue button, dual view mode splits the interface so that the user can create a SOAP note while simultaneously viewing important chart information. That means you have access to allergies, medications, details of previous lab results, and most every piece of mission-critical patient chart information without leaving the encounter or clicking around.
Why has HealthFusion approached this problem differently? Because unlike most EHR vendors, the company was founded and is still owned and managed by doctors. We listen to our users and we have made thousands of design changes based on user feedback.
An EHR can never replace the “feel” of the paper chart that many seasoned physicians had become accustomed to, but we think we have a better way. In fact, our method is so efficient that everything you need to know can be viewed easily on the relatively limited landscape made available on an iPad. So don’t resign yourself to hunting through a maze of screens for patient data —look for a better option.
Wondering exactly how we do it? Find out by viewing a demo of our Longitudinal Patient Record and Dual View Mode features in addition to many more options that will help streamline your medical office.