Your information goes with you (securely!) wherever you do.
RiverBend Medical Group is among the first private group physician practices in the region to integrate Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) into our operations. An EMR is a comprehensive, computer-based patient medical record that also integrates scheduling, registration, insurance, and other information.
Basically, an EMR can tell your RiverBend team of providers how, when, where, and why you've been cared for, whether last week or last decade. Providing such a big-picture understanding of a patient's needs makes it even more simple for our practitioners to provide the highest possible quality care.
The 5 important ways that EMRs improve patient care:
- Strengthening the relationship between patient and doctor
EMRs enable doctors to spend more time talking with patients and less time doing paper work. By providing a computer in each exam room, RiverBend allows physicians to have a patient's complete history at their fingertips, all without lifting a finger.
- Enhancing patient safety
Not only does an EMR store a complete medical history, it also checks for conflicts in medication to avoid unfavorable drug interactions or allergic reactions. Plus, every clinician involved in a patient's care can get the information they need whenever they need it, regardless of location.
- Supporting our commitment to quality
For years, we have structured and staffed our practice around the goal of finding the most reliable ways to provide the highest quality care to our patients. By integrating all patient information, and freeing up our practitioners to spend more time discussing symptoms or treatment options with patients, EMRs are yet another step forward in our commitment to quality care.
- Providing greater convenience to patients
In addition to tracking check-ups and follow-ups, the EMR allows prescriptions to be faxed directly to the patient's pharmacy. The consolidation of information and elimination of handwritten clinical notes can help speed processing by insurance companies, as well.
- Ensuring privacy of information
In addition to complying with established Federal guidelines for patient privacy (HIPAA), EMRs preserve the privacy of patient information in ways paper or hard copy records never could. Sensitive information can only be accessed by a RiverBend employee who has the right and obligation to do so.