It’s been 15 years since President George W. Bush began his push for electronic health records. On April 27, 2004, the Bush administration created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, or the ONC. This ignited the onslaught of healthcare technology advances.
ONC advisory board member, Dr. Paul Tang, said that the organization was started “because America was clearly behind a lot of other developed countries with a health information infrastructure.”
While this may have been true, a lot of us felt the system we had in place was a good one. Writing prescriptions out on script pads had been sufficient and paper charting and signatures in ink were ample and seemingly error-free. But, alas, the technological advances that managed to keep out of the medical field were finally integrated. Subsequently, healthcare technology advances have caught up with just about every other industry, and there seems to be no sign of diminishing.
What are the Benefits of Healthcare Technology Advances?
As physicians, our days are engrossed in many tasks. We need to keep abreast of the latest medications, latest medical news, and recent research findings. Since 2004, we’ve endured the additional task of keeping up with technological advances around the office and/or hospital.
Talk about burnout.
Until recent years, technology in our field has felt like a burden. Electronic medical records have kept us on our toes for over a decade. Prior to the push for electronic health records, a physician’s workflow was more simple and patient-focused. Once President Bush signed those documents in 2004, an entirely new task was put on every physician without reciprocal relief from our previous responsibilities.
While the incorporation of telemedicine was most likely sought as a course of convenience for our patients, this modality of healthcare technology advances has also benefited physicians. The daily patient numbers can increase and it can happen while in the comfort of your home office. There’s no waiting room angst or issues with your staff. With telehealth, you simply sit at your desk, log onto your computer, tablet, or phone, and begin to take appointments. It’s that simple.
Since 2004, healthcare technology advances have largely targeted a climate of administrative or managerial “ease” and less on patient outcomes. With telemedicine, the pendulum is swinging back towards the clinical care of the patient, and what’s more patient care-centric than a one-on-one video chat?
Can Telemedicine Help Increase Revenue for Your Office?
This is a common question. No one wants to set aside time to learn yet another piece of medical technology if it won’t be beneficial. The integration of EMR systems into our daily lives was primarily to benefit at the administrative level, which has left physicians with a feeling of displeasure.
Telemedicine sets itself apart by benefiting you, the physician. If you’re interested in learning more about telemedicine and its extraordinary benefits, why not attend one of our retreats? There, you will be guided through integrating telemedicine into your practice where you can expand the possibilities of patient care and generate additional revenue.
Each training retreat is provided in an exotic destination, which sets the stage for the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the destination’s offerings. When was the last time you were trained on a new EMR system while in the Caribbean?