Even before there was a global pandemic, there was a real impetus among healthcare organizations to lean out their organizations and become more competitive.
Some of the trends spurring this movement toward economizing while keeping patient care levels high include:
- Changing consumer behaviors and priorities
- Collaboration among healthcare providers
- Infrastructure that allows providers to reduce errors
- Virtual healthcare options
Since the pandemic, these trends and others have caused progressive healthcare institutions to take a closer look at how to manage inefficiencies, access the full benefits of current standards such as Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and provide a better, safer experience for patients and caregivers alike.
One easy to implement strategy that accomplishes many of these goals is to restructure internal and external processes to move away from paper-heavy measures.
Smart Move: How a Paperless Environment for Healthcare Can Transform the Patient Experience
Patients are more discerning than ever, demanding a higher quality level from their healthcare providers.
From an organizational perspective, taking better care of patient clients can help increase overall patient volume and stabilize or increase profits — a byproduct that can result in benefits for both patients and providers.
Moving to a modernized digital infrastructure is no longer an optional choice. For organizations looking to become —or stay — competitive, transforming to a paperless environment for healthcare is the only way forward.
Here are just a few of the many advantages of going paperless:
- Empowering the EHR for Better Patient Care
When data is digitized, medical professionals can get the information they need in just two seconds, giving them the power to serve patients faster and more efficiently.
That puts organizations that use health-based IT ahead of their paper-centric competitors as the time they save can be used in myriad ways to improve operations and evolve a higher standard of patient care.
- Locking Down Data for On-Point Compliance
Health care organizations are bound to HIPAA regulations and other data privacy conventions to ensure protected health information (PHI) is managed, shared, and stored in a secure way.
Digitized data is much less likely to be lost, compromised, or subject to physical theft than its paper counterparts. Today’s document management systems feature hard-hitting security protocols such as data encryption, access control, and remote monitoring to detect and prevent potential breaches before they occur.
- Meeting Patient Expectations While Controlling Costs
Patients want better care. As consumers, they also want to patronize organizations that are environmentally responsible.
Considering the average 1500 bed hospital spends approximately $3.8 million annually printing documents, moving to a digital infrastructure will not only eliminate or reduce the costs of paper, but also make a positive impact on the environment by reducing waste and lowering your carbon footprint.
Moving to digital formats can also help reduce the number of medical errors in any given organization. With these errors accounting for the loss of 400,000 lives every year, deploying strategies to close the gap on these numbers is critical to providing patients with the level of care they demand.
Automating tasks through digitization can reduce errors typically seen with processes that involve tedious manual data entry, opening the door to better, more accurate care plans and disease management.
Perry proTECH Can Help Your Healthcare Organization Transition to Digital
At Perry proTECH, we take pride in being able to help our healthcare clients move seamlessly into a more efficient, cost-effective, paperless environment.
Our team of health-based IT experts will take a close look at your current needs and goals, as well as your infrastructure to assess where you are now — and where you want to be.
Using our mix of Managed Network Services and Print and Document Management solutions, we can build a robust program for data management and distribution that will amplify your efficiency while keeping sensitive data safe and compliant with regulations.
Not only can we create a custom-tailored solution, but our team will expertly deploy your new paperless system with minimal disruption to daily activities, plus remain on hand to train, educate, troubleshoot, and maintain your systems for long-term viability.
Make the right move for your healthcare organization — and your patients. Contact a Perry proTECH consultant and make your move to a paperless healthcare environment today.