Over the past few decades, one of the biggest shifts in the landscape of medicine has been the growth and development of EHR software. The world of electronic medical records has changed the industry almost entirely. Not only can doctors put in orders electronically but they can even save their notes in this manner as well. As the pace of technology only quickens, it is important for everyone who works in this industry to understand how electronic medical records are going to continue to change the industry in 2020 in beyond.
First, the growth of voice recognition software in the world of electronic medical records has already been a big development. This technology is going to grow this year. It’s no secret that doctors spend far too much time typing on the computer and not enough time with their patients. This largely has to do with the burden of filling out documents. One of the ways that their work is made easier is through the use of voice dictation software. This dictation software allows doctors to speak their notes instead of typing them. The logical next step in this technology is going to be the ability to use voice commands to enter orders and save their notes entirely. Already, the use of dot phrases is emerging. This is the logical next step.
The next trend when it comes to an electronic practice management system is going to have to do with mitigating the errors that show up in electronic medical records. One of the startling issues with the recent 2020 report from the ECRI institute showed that errors in electronic medical records were mentioned in multiple places. Much of this has to do with doctors being overwhelmed by the number of notifications from the electronic medical records system and issues related to doctors and techs not knowing about implants in patients who were sent for imaging. There needs to be a shift that will reduce the number of errors in electronic medical records and this is going to be a focus of this year.
Finally, one of the downsides of moving to electronic medical records is that there is less patient engagement. Patients feel like they are more engaged with their doctor when he or she is using a clipboard instead of typing on a computer. Now, hospitals are trying to get patients involved in the world of electronic medical records as well. Many patients are tech-savvy and, therefore, hospitals are using the electronic medical records to allow patients to book their appointments and communicate with doctors through a message portal. Expect this trend to continue. Hospitals are going to work to increase patient engagement through electronic medical records.