By Paolo Bettoni
At KCare, we stay on top of EHR software trends. As technology advances at breakneck speeds, an outdated EHR system will only slow you down and cause more harm than help. Here are seven top trends affecting the industry as we enter 2023.
Organizations are increasingly reliant on digital technologies, which does have a downside. It makes you more susceptible to cyberattacks. Maybe you recall the hacking incident last year that put LastPass customers at risk due to cybercriminals stealing customer password vaults. That was a major scare in the cyber world, and it alerts us to the fact that cyberattacks are on the rise, and they are increasing in complexity. This makes it all the more crucial to protect your sensitive data. Cybersecurity is going to be at the top of future trends in EHRs.
HIPAA compliance is one major way EHRs help protect client data. From small to large organizations, complying with HIPAA rules and regulations improves that organization's security posture. Exym software will help you set up tools and processes that bring you into compliance with HIPAA, thereby protecting you and your clients.
With more and more processes becoming mobile, for example, organizations have to think about what new attack vectors are created when the physical perimeter of the office is not the only thing to secure. Think about clinicians being on the road, or clients themselves receiving at-home services. HIPAA helps you analyze all the risk factors and create a comprehensive plan to mitigate them across the board.
There’s a request for productivity tools that allow your organization to do more with less. The tools you use can make or break you. With fewer workers and more cases, there is definitely a need for increased productivity.
Using Exym ensures you get clean, accurate data. Use this data to your full advantage with these data management tools:
As AI takes center stage and more processes become automated, your organization will have less need for manual processes. You may find yourself rethinking your day-to-day activities, streamlining some aspects, and completely eliminating others, giving you more time to be productive.
We believe that future EHR trends will help you simplify everything you do. The number of steps will be reduced, making the most common tasks easier and faster to do.
At Exym, we are seeing an increase in users who say they "want to use it" over users who say they "have to use it." This change in attitude is due to a dominating belief that user experience is important. A good user interface (UI) and user experience design (UX) make software a pleasure to work with.
Part of a great user experience is increased accessibility. Giving users access to the EHR system on their mobile devices is key to improving their overall experience. Mobile-first solutions will increase accessibility, allow organizations to reach a wider range of clients, and provide more accessible services to those who need them most. Users will likely reach a point where their only interface is their phone or tablet, making it easy for them to do their work while they are out and about.
Clients need to have good experiences, too. Better client-agency in EHR software gives clients more visibility into what is contained in their EHR and who has access to it. They will also have more input into what information is put in their EHR.
One major challenge in the world of EHRs is the lack of compatibility between different systems. In the future, we see a greater emphasis on creating standards and solutions that allow for better integration between different EHR systems.
We already mentioned the importance of complying with HIPAA rules and regulations. There will be more standardization that will allow you to easily and safely exchange data with other parties, including agencies, hospitals, providers, Health Information Exchanges (HIE), public health registries, third-party apps you may want to integrate with, and third-party devices such as wearables or other medical devices.
The future is interconnected in more ways than you can imagine, and EHR systems are rising to the occasion.
Outcome-based care will help improve the overall quality of the care you provide. As we move from a service-led model to an outcome-led model, social service providers will focus on the specific outcomes that are most important to their clients. By measuring and tracking these outcomes, providers can determine if their interventions are having the desired effect, and then they can adjust as necessary. As you use new data management tools to increase your productivity, you will also make use of your data to make good decisions for the future. This will result in improved care as well as cost savings for your organization.
Involving patients more in their own health care results in more patient engagement and empowerment. EHRs will be designed with the patients' user experience in mind to allow for easy access to their health information.
You can look for outcome-based reimbursements, which means the amount that patients pay depends on the treatment’s success.
Clients will also be able to access provider scorecards, which are documents that detail each provider's performance based on key elements, giving clients a better way to make their decisions.
Telehealth and remote care options will continue to improve over time, boosting collaboration between the provider and the client. EHRs will provide portals to improve communications, improve access to services, and allow for ease of data-sharing without compromising the client's security. We will also see an increase in remote patient monitoring.
Get onboard with Exym! We pay close attention to trends and are constantly improving our software to meet your organization's needs and help you improve your care.
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Chief Product Officer, KCare