Documentation at the point of care allows the clinician to address any alerts or interactions in real time. For example, medications reviewed or added during medication reconciliation may trigger interaction alerts that can be addressed immediately while in the patient home. In addition, documenting in real time allows office, on-call, and triage staff to have the most up-to-date data on the patient at any given time, which is crucial to providing the best possible care.
Documenting at the bedside also promotes continued education with the patient and caregiver regarding their current plan of care, active medication list, etc. And it provides the ability to make changes as needed while in the home to prevent any delays.