Five Ways Interoperability Can Benefit Home Health and Hospice Agencies

The digital age has created an overhaul of technology within the healthcare industry – transforming health records into collections of electronic data that should simplify administration processes for providers everywhere.

But just because health records have gone digital, doesn’t mean it makes communication any easier between providers. That’s why interoperability is crucial to the future of healthcare, and home health and hospice are no exceptions. In fact, home health and hospice agencies can arguably benefit the most from compatible EHR systems.

With many home health and hospice agencies falling behind when it comes to interoperability, there are plenty of reasons they should adopt these technologies sooner rather than later. Here are five benefits:

It Can Enhance Relationships with Referral Sources

The majority of post-acute referral sources already communicate secure patient data electronically. Simplifying that communication between referral source and provider should always be a priority, so adopting compatible technology is a no-brainer. When choosing a provider, referral sources are going to choose to interoperate – allowing them to seamlessly send and receive data on patients. Having the technology that allows your agency to do this will set you apart from the competition.

Beyond ease of use, tasks that were once tedious can now be done with a click – including electronic referrals, eSignatures, point-of-care documentation and real-time patient data.

It Can Create More Efficient Operations

From computers to medical equipment – it’s always important to see a return with any technology investment in your agency. With interoperability, the return is clear. Sending and receiving data electronically means fewer documents, less effort searching patient records, less time communicating with providers and more immediate information.

This increased visibility of patient information can result in more thorough documentation, greater likelihood of approved claims and full reimbursements. Interoperability will ultimately minimize waste of both time and paper, which means you can spend more time with more patients – affecting your bottom line.

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