Allied Anesthesia physicians in Orange are working to adopt electronic records for the hospitals they service in order to bring more efficient care to their patients.
Bringing together all of a patient’s information and streamlining it electronically is fairly standard in most hospitals, but physicians hope to bring it to every hospital. In addition to reducing costs, implementing electronic records will provide more accurate and faster access to patient information, physician comments, and any other necessary notes.
Allied physician Dr. Manoj Kulkarni explains, “When you accumulate a large number of electronic records, you can easily evaluate the data and perform really strong studies to improve your practice.”
Digitizing medical files is positive for many reasons. From the physician’s perspective, electronic records provide quicker, more accurate, and complete patient information that multiple medical professionals can access simultaneously. The records also highlight critical information that can help provide better service to patients in terms of which procedures or medications best fit individual needs based on medical history or medication allergies. The system also can ensure more safety; physicians can see any patient conditions immediately, and safely take the next step.
Dr. John MacCarthy, president of Fullerton Anesthesia Associates, which was recently acquired by Allied Anesthesia, agrees that this system is key to efficiency. He said, “Electronic records make for much more accurate and faster charting so more of your attention can be directed towards taking care of the patient.”
The electronic files are also a smart fiscal decision. They allow for more accurate collections using fewer employees, and the program also tracks billing information, so hospitals can receive optimal payments electronically.
The combination of these features makes it easier for healthcare professionals to give attention to their patients, and that’s the most important thing of all.