Before the technological advancements in healthcare IT, Doctors were forced to document all patient records by hand. Since the dawning of a new era, Electronic Health Records with patient portals have flourished as a solution for many patients who are concerned about accessing their medical records.
Last month’s article in The News & Observer entitled Don’t Leave Medical Record Keeping to Your Doctor explained the hefty price tag associated with exporting patient medical records. HIPAA approves of Doctors charging a “reasonable, cost-based fee” to export files and depending on the state of practice, it could be priced at a dollar per page. The article suggests keeping tabs on your own medical records and acquiring them as you go. Wouldn’t it be nice if your Doctor’s office electronically document all your medical records instead?
Electronic Health Records (EHR) solutions are quickly becoming the norm among practices in the healthcare industry and helping to provide patients access to their Doctors office. Not only do EHR solutions allow Doctors to electronically document patient records and store them, but select vendors have built patient portals that can improve and customize communication through secure messaging, pay bills, schedule appointments online and view lab or test results. With RxNT|EHR and patient portal, all the information a patient needs is in one central and secure location, which reduces the number of visits to the Doctor’s office for simple tasks such as receiving test results. Not only do patients benefit from the patient portal, but practices do as well. It eliminates multiple calls that need to be made from the office to schedule appointments or notify the patient that their lab results are in. Also, RxNT’s secure messaging is a safe way for practices and patients to communicate.