The United States may have a long way to go to achieve the level of high-operating electronic healthcare IT that seems to be the goal, other practices elsewhere in the world seem to be possible examples that your organization can judge their own progression by.
Healthcare IT News reports on the case of Hospital Marina Salud de Denia, which is operating at "Stage 7" level. As the source denotes, this includes complete use of online notation as well as the savings provided by their focus on electronic health records. The conversion seems to have brought more efficiency, including a decrease in stay times by 10 percent.
Another one of the achievements mentioned in this article is the facility's rate for "100 percent paperless" activity. That's a pretty admirable feat, and healthcare compliance consultants might help American companies realize the steps they need to take to reach that level as well.
Earlier this week, Greg Chittim wrote about the importance surrounding the way we interact with EHRs as we go further toward achieving the more paperless operating processes that Marina Salud de Denia seems to have got right so far.
"Providers need to trust their systems, which typically means abandoning their old ways," he writes. "Once providers begin to trust their systems, efficiency within practices often begin to improve."
How much do you trust your practice's technology in this effort? Are you working with the systems that could potentially unlock more time and space within your practices? If not, HIPAA compliance software can help you as clinical use of these systems becomes more important.