Hospitals that use a full digital electronic health records system are
shown to have shorter patient stay time according to an Arizona State
University study. These findings come at a time when some hospital
systems and physicians seek to bolster their use of electronic health records
while the federal government prepares to provide up to $27 billion to compel
hospitals and doctors to adopt digital-records systems.
The data from the 2006 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care
Survey, found that people spent 22.4 percent less time and were treated 13.1
percent more quickly at hospitals with complete electronic health-records
systems compared with other hospitals. It was also found that hospitals
with only a basic computerized records were shown to be less
efficient than other hospitals. Emergency-room wait times at
these semidigital hospitals were 47.3 percent longer for patients
with an urgent or semi-urgent matter.
"The sophistication of EMR (electronic medical
records) systems really matters," said Michael Furukawa, an
assistant professor at ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business
who completed the study. "If you go to the fully functional
EMR, you do see improvements in efficiency. If you are sort
of in the middle - part electronic and part paper - efficiency
may go down."
In April of 2010, Health-e Connection secured $10.8
million in federal funds to help outfit primary-care practices
with electronic medical record systems. Banner Health,
Arizona's largest hospital system, has installed basic digital-
records systems in all its emergency-room departments.
Banner Health representatives say that digital records have contributed to the hospital system's efforts to reduce length of stay and improve quality of care for patients. "We are big on adopting these systems. We do have pretty robust systems," said Twila Burdick, Banner's vice president of care management.
Yet hospitals with semidigital systems had greater wait times than other hospitals, Furukawa's research showed. Furukawa offered two explanations. A physician may need to search for a computerized medical record while also needing a paper record for a proper diagnosis or treatment and this is where MEDISCRIBE© comes into the picture. MEDISCRIBE© provides the medical professional with the ability to quickly and
accurately make a diagnosis based on current medical knowledge, access to all
pharmaceutical knowledge, and where those patients are part of the System, it also
includes patient and family medical history.
The survey data measured the results of 30,000 patient visits to 364
hospitals nationwide. The study found that just 1.7 percent of hospitals nationwide
had full use of digital-records systems and that those hospitals were largely in
urban and affluent areas, Furukawa said.
Even if the hospital is not even semidigital, MEDISCRIBE© is able to
increase efficiency by provide the attending hospital medical professional
electronic access to patient information and diagnostic tools without having to
request patient records that may or may not be on the floor. MEDISCRIBE© also
increases efficiency by having a complete medical library and medical information
immediately available for the medical professional without having to stop and research websites, medical libraries, medical journals, or medical articles as each are time consuming, inefficient, and because of time constraints can often lead to a misdiagnosis.
What MEDISCRIBE© accomplishes for the “Bottom” line of the Hospital is multi-fold:
1) It substantially reduces misdiagnosis which is the single leading cause of medical malpractice. By reducing this problem it will reduce the cost of related premiums and the costs to the Hospitals.
2) One of the leading problems that any medical professional has is premature closure in a diagnosis. MEDISCRIBE© eliminates this problem by continuing the diagnostic search beyond the point where the medical professional stops because they think they have the answer or they just run out of time in having to deliver a diagnoses.
3) Because MEDISCRIBE© provides a better system of research and performs the diagnostic task quicker this provides a doctor more time to see more patients and to be of better service to those patient that they do have.
4) Using the MEDISCRIBE© System, it will accurately supply the medical professional with a well documented research as to the diagnosis and thus avoiding unnecessary tests, treatments, and hospitalization that costs the Hospitals time and money.
5) When a Hospital uses the MEDISCRIBE© System, they increase efficiency and time management usage by eliminating unnecessary treatments and tests. This in turns allows the Hospital to become more efficient at providing services to those patients that are in need of tests and treatments without having to increase costs through additional personnel and equipment. MEDISCRIBE© helps the Hospital in more efficient use of the staff and equipment that they currently have available. This allows the Hospital to make more money from what they currently have available.
6) By using the MEDISCRIBE© System this also allows the Hospital a far more efficient usage of personnel. Many man-hours are wasted by transporting, storing, and searching through patient medical records. This will take the stress of all attending medical professional in reducing the man-hours in handling medical records and their updates.
MEDISCRIBE© does a great deal in providing the Hospitals the ability to collect the necessary information according to the current ICD10. As the MEDISCRIBE© medical database is being built and populated it is designed to provide the appropriate codes, automatically for all phases of the tests, treatments, instructions, and diagnosis. This is only a simple matter of programming in the ICD10 coding. Then, as the ICD structure is updated the MEDISCRIBE© System automatically updates the coding WITHOUT CHARGE TO THE HOSPITAL.
With automatically processing and assessing the diagnosis, treatments, and test, the MEDISCRIBE© Systems keeps complete track of all entries and the results. This is a far more accurate way of maintaining a record for coding and billing. No longer are the files necessary as a print out can be obtained to provide the coding and billing and thus reducing and eliminating the probability of miscoding or just plain human oversight in billing.
COST: Since hospitals will have a larger demand and usage, MEDISCRIBE will give them a discount, and the fee
will be $1.25 instead of the $2.75 that is charged to doctors. There are no initial charges, only actual usage fees.