In just the last 50 years, health care has changed dramatically. Of course, new procedures, treatments, and medications are discovered every day. Still, the most significant change may be the use of computers and the internet to manage and improve patient treatment. Providers have access to the latest medical research when they need it and wherever they need it by accessing NextGen from their laptop or mobile device. Electronic healthcare records mean that patient's vital information is portable and permanent. Several tools that improve the quality of patient care through virtual visits and empowering patient-driven care must be implemented to give organizations a competitive advantage.Currently, the trend in healthcare IT is primarily centered on virtual healthcare and patient-driven healthcare. The growth potential in these areas is vast, and increased use of tools to help facilitate it will improve patient treatment and satisfaction. In the future, healthcare services will often be provided outside of the doctor's office. Your organization must be strategically planning on how to meet the needs of your patients' desire to not come to the office for every visit.
NextGen EHR & Virtual HealthcareVirtual healthcare allows patients to access medical help from a distance, eliminating the need to see providers in person, part of the time. No one is suggesting that all treatment can be done virtually, but it works well in certain circumstances. Integrating NextGen with virtual healthcare solutions is key to being a successful modern practice.For the elderly or infirm, arranging transportation to see the doctor for routine care can be quite tricky. These patients may also be too weak or otherwise impaired to visit their physicians easily. Providing consultations via a computing device or smartphone means patients can easily speak to their doctor and offer information about their condition and other concerns. When used in concert with a home healthcare worker, these consults can allow providers to make adjustments in medications and order other treatments. These consults may also indicate whether the patient needs more hands-on care. These virtual visits are especially helpful when the appointments are meant to be quick follow-ups on a patient's condition.NextGen EHR combined with telehealth is a virtual healthcare system that allows providers to see their patients digitally, a service that many patients, particularly young ones, are demanding. Integrating telehealth into your NextGen EHR is critical to having a smooth workflow that requires less of a physician's time than a regular office visit. This platform works best when incorporated into an overall healthcare plan designed by their provider. These virtual visits are especially useful for the following:
- Follow-up visits after initial treatment
- Medication management
- Reviewing imaging and labs
- Visits held pre- and post-procedure