6 Benefits of Electronic Health Records [EHR for Assisted Living]
What is an EHR?
An EHR or Electronic Health Record is a digital summary of a resident's health history, including medications, diagnoses, provider information, and care plans.
What does an EHR do?
An EHR replaces traditional paper health records, helps your staff and community remain compliant, reduces liability, and allows more centralized care. EHR records can be shared among care providers electronically and help automate the assessment to care plan process. After a completed assessment, a sophisticated EHR program will schedule personalized daily task lists for each resident. Provided cares can then be recorded and reviewed amongst care teams, providers, and family members.
Why do I need an EHR?
Regulations are ever-changing in the Assisted Living and Long-Term Care industry. An EHR can aid in the process of training staff, ensuring that they know how to use the program while implementing the communities policies and procedures. A good EHR program will provide templates that incorporate the regulations specific to your state and license type, helping you remain compliant.
Incidents can happen. An EHR is a beneficial tool for recording critical incidents and conducting proper investigations to determine a root cause and implement successful interventions. When storing this sensitive data, EHR software can ensure your documentation is private and secure.
Offer More Person-Centered Care
Keeping your team up to date with each resident's unique needs is essential in providing the best quality care possible. If a change in condition occurs and care plans update, an EHR centralizes resident data, making it easy for staff to review and deliver care that reflects those updates.
Are there additional benefits of an EHR?
EHR programs reduce the need for redundant data entry by streamlining resident information throughout the system. Rather than forcing you to fill out multiple forms and enter the same data in various places, EHR programs will automatically update the appropriate areas in the program for you. This is a terrific way to keep all care providers on the same page.
Manual record keeping leaves much room for human error. Electronic systems significantly reduce your risk. EHR programs allow you to set parameters for your staff to ensure they follow proper protocol. Some will even provide pre-built templates that incorporate your specific regulations.
Instant Notification and Alerts
An EHR gives a concise overview of your day and sends you instant notifications reminding you of upcoming tasks or appointments. If you start to fall behind, an EHR should send you alerts, allowing you the opportunity to complete the task promptly.
Fall and Incident Analysis
Unexpected incidents can occur at any time; With an EHR, your team can quickly record the factual details of the event at the time it happened in the resident record. In the Quality improvement area, you can then receive analytics to review trends and implement a proper prevention plan, ensuring you have legitimate documentation and good insight to reduce risks and keep documents confidential.
Increase efficiency and accommodate your on-the-go schedule with an EHR that supports a mobile app. Whether overseeing your community, calling a provider, or documenting a completed task, you can take the program with you wherever you go. Some apps even include an offline mode, eliminating the need to resort to paper backups.
ECP EHR for Assisted Living and Long-Term Care
ECP offers an innovative EHR that Assisted Living and Long-Term Care professionals prefer four times to one over other EHR programs. Converting from traditional paper systems has never been easier with user-friendly software that simplifies and automates your current systems. With instant alerts, improved communication, better charting, and a convenient mobile app, your team can assure that they provide the best care for residents. Not to mention ECP EHR incorporates templates that support regulations in all 50 states and even internationally. You can be confident that you are remaining compliant, and reducing your risk and liability, all while providing person-centered care.