5 ways hospitals are bettered by using technology

Technology has greatly transformed healthcare, and future advancements in EHR software and process automation are expected to continue to improve the healthcare environment. Such progress has the capacity to enhance the quality of care while reducing costs for both hospitals and patients.

However, it’s up to the provider to embrace these technological advancements. Consider the ways that hospitals are better today thanks to technology and turn to FormFast to help implement these solutions:

Increased interoperability with EMR software
Electronic medical records are here to stay. In fact, they’re become increasingly essential due to the meaningful use program and the interoperability roadmap laid out by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. EMRs are digital versions of paper charts, providing electronic access to patient medical and treatment history as well as enabling the speedy sharing of such information with other providers.

“Electronic medical records are here to stay.”

Interoperability is crucial to providing patients with better quality care across the nation’s healthcare system, for singular patients as well as entire populations. Greater communication with the help of EMRs also leads to fewer duplicate tests and, in effect, fewer revenue losses for providers.

Enhanced efficiency with automated workflow technology
Improving productivity is one of the most important goals for providers, as enhanced efficiency translates to greater revenue and profit. EMR systems automate basic clinical processes to foster speedier, error-free documentation, but many forms and tasks must still be done manually. Today, automated workflow software provides a solution, allowing users to manage documents, tasks and workflow routes from one highly organized, efficient portal.

Simplified patient consent with electronic signatures
In the past, patients would sign their consent on a paper form, which was later scanned into a computer. Electronic signature technology, such as FormFast’s eSignature solution, eliminates manual scanning from the process, as providers can more quickly and easily capture the patient signatures digitally.

eSignature technology can simplify the process of obtaining patient consent. eSignature technology can simplify the process of obtaining patient consent.

Cost savings with electronic forms
While paper documents were once the go-to for collecting information from and about patients, electronic forms are becoming increasingly prominent. eForms provide a solution to the often time-consuming and laborious process used to read and analyze paper documents, as well as the money required to print and store them. Some eForm software, including FormFast’s, is complemented by designing software that helps providers format these electronic forms to meet their specific needs.

“FormFast’s process automation solutions complement a hospital’s existing system.”

Better archiving with electronic content management
Reliable and easy-to-use archives are essential for progressing the healthcare world into the next stages of interoperability. An automated system for clinical documentation reduces time spent archiving and the risk of error while still allowing for a secure storehouse of vital patient information. The documents are easy to search and can be exported directly to EMRs, email servers and elsewhere, thereby promoting greater interoperability.

FormFast’s healthcare process automation solutions complement a hospital’s existing system to digitize and automate many of the clinical and administrative processes that would otherwise drain precious time and resources. The FastFlow workflow platform has broad functionality, collecting data from electronic forms, the registration system and other sources all while allowing users to customize the design of the workflow to meet their needs.

Combined with other FormFast technology such as eForms, eSignature and FastFlow Content Manager, this system can vastly improve task and time management, productivity and accuracy in the hospital.