With the proliferation of EHR systems in healthcare facilities, Scribe Healthcare Technologies has been improving its integrations operations.
According to spokespersons from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, adoption of EHR/EMR systems is intended to improve patient care and quality of service as well as identify safety issues and better follow-up on long-term care goals. Benefits are delivered when patient information is standardized and structured in uniform ways. Initially, there was a widespread perception that EHR systems would eliminate the need for dictation and transcription since patient interactions would be documented by healthcare professionals inputting data directly into the electronic systems. Yet, this created the challenge of balancing physician productivity and satisfaction with meaningful use parameters from EHRs. “There is a lot of discrete data and important narrative available in dictations,” remarked Julie Bramlet, Owner/Manager of Quality Transcription. “We’ve also seen a significant impact on doctors’ bottom lines and the inability to see even the same number of patients before they implemented their EMR.”
To reverse the negative affect on productivity for physicians inputting data rather than attending to patients, Scribe offers a “blended solution.” Healthcare providers can continue to dictate in a myriad of ways and the transcribed reports are automatically populated in the EMR/EHR via integration. “Transcriptionists are medical specialists who are highly skilled at turning dictation into clinical documentation efficiently and accurately,” explained John Stines, IT Manager for TransPortal, LLC. “Providers can focus on quality patient care rather than on tedious documentation while still meeting meaningful use requirements through more advanced EMR/EHR integration.”
Scribe completes the full spectrum of integrations from schedule interfaces to detailed EMR/EHR data infiltration. “Schedule interfaces help doctors be more organized and integrations assist them with the transition to using an EMR,” Bramlet continued. Interconnecting visit programs, documents, and reporting practices automates the medical care experience and allows for accurate exchange of information.
Scribe’s existing integrations to healthcare providers’ EMRs/EHRs have also been expanding to include Discrete Reportable Transcription (DRT) markers. DRT is a cost-effective transcription service that populates notes into the EMR/EHR chart section. Physicians continue to capture their patients’ intricate chronicles and histories that are difficult to encapsulate in a checkbox or point-and-click field. It also eliminates physician temptation to copy and paste previous histories to save time and effort. “We have clients in specialties that require lengthy, detailed patient narratives,” Stines stated. “The Nurse Practitioner notates the clinical information, such as vitals, directly into the EMR. The narratives are dictated, accurately transcribed by our team of professionals, and integrated within the EMR saving providers valuable time.”
Scribe’s integrations also include custom fields and special coding to filter detailed information into more EHR fields automatically. “Integrations have become a lot more complex,” said Stines. “Clients are looking for a deeper level of integration. EMR vendors are beginning to embrace the ability to integrate documentation produced outside their product, and integrate it in specific sections and markers within the EMR. Supporting this level of discrete integration is a great selling point for the EMR vendors and most importantly, it frees healthcare providers to return to providing care while we provide the documentation.” These DRT markers identify structured, discrete data to deliver complete and uniform sections that adhere to data-reporting requirements, information needs and beneficial technology utilization. Most importantly, they ensure accurate clinical documentation for quality patient care.