Electronic Health Records, or EHR, are often associated with acute-care and post-acute care settings such as hospitals, physician’s offices and, increasingly, skilled nursing facilities. In fact, providers have found that having an EHR software not only makes records more readily available at the point of care, but allows them to deliver better patient care by giving them access to the information they need to make better clinical decisions.
Additionally, having an EHR system in place has been shown to increase efficiencies and lower health care costs by promoting preventative care options and improving the overall coordination of health services.
While a senior living provider doesn’t offer the same level of clinical care as a hospital or skilled nursing community, both the quality and quantity of services residents receive on a daily basis do impact overall well-being, health and safety.
Having a complete, accurate record of resident health is a key component in your ability to provide the highest quality care and service. And, operating without it could put your organization at risk.
Here are just a few ways a senior living EHR can help providers reduce risks and medical errors:
1. Reduce Risk of Medication Errors
The average senior living resident takes up to nine medications a day. Helping residents requires careful attention to detail.
Senior living software solutions like an EHR can reduce the risk of medication errors by ensuring staff have the information they need to administer the right medication, in the right dosage, to the right resident, at the right time.
2. Identify Potential Changes in Need
More seniors are aging in place, meaning it’s more likely that a resident’s health status and service level needs will change over time.
A senior living EHR can improve communication around, and coordination of, care and service needs. As a result, providers can be more effective when it comes to identifying a change in service level needs, allowing them to quickly take action and mitigate risks.
3. Improve Resident Outcomes
A senior living EHR can also help providers track information around dietary, activity and wellness preferences. Having this information allows providers to implement , a level of service that has been shown to improve resident outcomes.
Knowing more about a resident can also make sudden changes in a resident’s health condition more obvious to staff, increasing the likelihood of immediate action in the event of a medical emergency.
Senior Living EHR Software Solutions from MatrixCare
MatrixCare Senior Living EHR software solutions are designed to help senior living providers deliver the optimal amount of service and care to their residents. Contact us today to learn more about our EHR for senior living communities and how we’re helping providers increase efficiencies, improve quality care, maximize profitability and mitigate risk.