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    9 questions to ask about EHR

    Should your practice enter the world of EHR? You should consider these things before you take the plunge.

     

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    8. “Does the system offer electronic referrals?”  

    EHRs can act as a patient tracking system if they enable electronic referrals, Uretz says. 

    “The traditional process is a long workflow, and you don’t get confirmation when the patient goes to the specialist that you referred them to,” he says. “With EHRs, you have the ability to refer that patient out from the point of care. It is sort of like a UPS tracking system: It’ll send the referral to the specialist, and when the specialist works on the patient, it could potentially send that information back to the patient’s record in your practice. So there’s an electronic footprint of the patient going through the referral system back to you, and all the information is in the system.” 

    Next: What will the system do for patients?

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