Meaningful Use of EHR Documents in Hospitals
Throughout the years, a hospital collects millions of documents ranging from birth certificates to death certificates with every procedure in between. Before electronic medical records, patient charts ruled massive, unorganized, and sometimes chaotic storage spaces. Today, hospitals are switching over to electronic medical records and reaping the benefits.
As of 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) group has been providing incentive payments to eligible hospitals and providers who switch over to and meaningfully use electronic health record (EHR) systems. “Meaningfully use” is key here – With no clear way of improving efficiency in transmitting and accessing important documents, healthcare providers will find themselves in a predicament.
Generating Better, Faster Patient Experience with File Compression Software
File compression subtly facilitates efficiency in medical centers by improving access to patient information. File compression enables faster EHR download speeds, making it easier to access patient health files via email or in the cloud on computer stations, tablets and other mobile devices. Perhaps most importantly, healthcare providers using file compression will find it easier to transfer and receive patient files from other hospitals anywhere in the world. At the organizational level, time spent waiting for patient records to load can be re-captured to reduce appointment duration and make patient care more effective.
In addition to improving health information access speed, using compressed files helps to reduce storage and bandwidth costs. Smaller files take up less space on a server, in the cloud, or over a network. This can generate cost-efficiency as hospitals looking into private cloud and complex hybrid repositories for their EHR systems. The cost-savings attained from reduced storage and network bandwidth needs can free up resources to again be used for more effective patient care and help to improve a provider’s ability to compete in the current health market.
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