New Study Shows Electronic Medical Records Serve as Positive Addition for Doctors—Helps to Increase Efficiency and See 10 Percent More Patients per Day
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- drchrono, the company modernizing healthcare through a free Electronic Medical Record (EMR) platform on the iPad, iPhone and cloud today released the results from a new study that found that 75 percent of physicians surveyed have experienced significant efficiency gains by leveraging the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) in hospitals and medical offices. According to the survey, EMRs such as drchrono have allowed doctors and medical practitioners to save 10 percent of their time per day, allowing them to see more patients without sacrificing the quality of patient care provided because they waste less time. This increased efficiency provides the capacity to generate more than $150,000 annually per doctor.
With the impending October 3rd Meaningful Use deadline quickly approaching, drchrono has also launched the first app on iOS specifically designed to automate the Meaningful Use sign up and compliance process for medical practitioners. The app is available to be downloaded in the Apple iTunes Store.
The survey of more than 1,300 physicians across 1,000 small to mid-size practices nationwide indicated that the majority of physicians have been able to free up more time because of EMR technology, enabling them to see more patients and improve work-life balance for clinicians. According to the survey:
- 75% of physicians said EMRs increased practice efficiency
- Average physician saves 62 minutes per day from using an EMR
- 57% of respondents have better operations and reduced paperwork due to an EMR
- 85% feel confident about the access and security of cloud-based EMR systems
Additionally, the survey showed that by leveraging EMRs, physicians have the potential to increase patient engagement, a critical barrier to encouraging patients to become more educated about their care, increasing adherence and ultimately improving outcomes. Statistics indicate that physicians see up to five more patients a day and have increased practice revenue because of the ability to communicate over email, simplify scheduling and deliver test results using EMRs.
"The real measurement of success for EMRs should be about efficiency gains in doctors' time, so they can focus on seeing more patients and spend more time with them to ultimately raise the standard of care that is provided. It shouldn't be about just billing more hours for the sake of increasing revenue," said Michael Nusimow, co-founder and CEO of drchrono. "We fielded this survey to highlight the importance of incorporating EMRs in medical practices, and we wanted to point out that EMRs can help limit the high volume of paperwork that comes with every medical appointment and give doctors more time to focus on the number one priority – the patient."
drchrono Meaningful Use App
Alongside the new survey, drchrono is introducing the first ever Meaningful Use application for iOS. This new functionality to the drchrono app automates the Meaningful Use sign up process for doctors and takes them through a simple step by step procedure and sets physicians up for Meaningful Use in a matter of minutes. Features include:
- Real time dashboard on the iPad
- Real time Meaningful Use qualification checking for every patient appointment
- Itemized list of data points that count toward Meaningful Use
- Checklist validation tool
- Faster pay from Meaningful Use incentives via iPad
"Bettering the patient experience is very important at my practice," said Dr. Surinder Saini a Gastroenterology physician from Newport Beach. "The app not only helps keep me on track from the Meaningful Use perspective, but I can spend less time dealing with paperwork and free up my schedule so I can spend more time focusing on the patient and their needs."
To learn more about the new survey or the Meaningful Use functionality on the drchrono app, please visit www.drchrono.com.
drchrono focuses on Apple's iPad, iPhone and cloud computing to build a better healthcare experience. They offer a free EHR platform built on the iPad that is Meaningful Use certified. drchrono is also the first iPad EHR to implement real time clinical speech-to-text, patient eligibility checks and iPad based medical billing. drchrono handles everything a doctor needs to run their practice, including medical records, electronic prescribing, medical billing, and patient management. For more information, visit https://drchrono.com
The drchrono iPad EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by InfoGard Laboratories, an ONC-ATCB, as a complete EHR in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. drchrono version 9.0 was Stage 1 certified on June 3, 2011. The ONC certification ID number is IG-2492-11-0083