How Senior Living EHR Solutions Reduce Risk and Medical Error

March 28, 2018
Categories: Corporate, Senior living
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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.

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Kelly Keefe, RN
Kelly Keefe, RN

Kelly Keefe, RN has been in healthcare for nearly 20 years with leadership roles in nursing management, hospital administration, and information technology. In 2011, Kelly began her career in the EHR vendor market as a Product Manager, fueled by a desire to ensure that health care workers would have access to solutions that would meet the demands of a changing healthcare climate. Working as Product Manager, Kelly was responsible for ensuring that her products met all regulatory requirements, while maintaining focus on ease-of-use and workflow considerations for the end user. Kelly made the decision to come to MatrixCare as a Senior Living Solutions Product Manager based on the forward-thinking strategy of the organization. “I love that at MatrixCare we have a climate of progressiveness that allows us to be ahead of the game instead of chasing regulations. We are the ones creating the standards in the LTPAC market and I am proud to be a part of these important milestones in healthcare.”

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