Long-term care executives often ask how Admit+, an Electronic Resident Record (EER) solution differs from an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) or an Electronic Health Record (EHR).
It’s easy to mistake the terms as they sound similar and then differentiating them from an electronic forms solution for resident admissions adds an entirely new distinction.
The short answer is that, designed correctly, an EER solution will reduce hospital readmissions risks by only admitting residents you can care for.
First, let’s distinguish between EMR, EHR, and E-forms:
EMRs are digital versions of a doctor’s patient chart and include clinical data related to a specific patient however the information cannot be shared with other members of the care team easily on a computer network outside of that particular practice. In that regard an EMR is not much better than a paper chart.EHRs focus on the total health of the patient— and include all clinician’s notes on a patient and “can be created, managed, and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff across more than one healthcare organization.”
In both cases, the digital record contains only medical data, with limited insurance and personal information thrown in. When a patient is referred for admission to a nursing facility, these records are transferred to a nursing community, usually in paper, but sometimes as a fax (still paper) or a pdf which has to be printed out (again, still paper).
Admissions staff still have to manually enter all the prospects’ information, not just once, but multiple times to populate the numerous forms required for application and eventually, admittance. E-forms are digital forms that collect information in a common repository for sharing between organizations. Designed well, they capture the right data, in the right order, creating a data flow that takes the guesswork out of paperwork. Admit+ takes e-forms to an entirely new level to help your facility select the right candidates, improving the residents' level of care, increasing their chances of going home, and reducing your hospital readmission rates.
Admit+, LincWare’s ERR solution, is a digital admissions and management platform that provides an inclusive, scrolling digital e- form that includes all forms and data relative to the prospective resident’s finances, insurances, personal history, demographics, assigned agent (Power of Attorney).
Fill once, populate many: Admit+, today’s electronic solution for admitting residents into nursing communities, allows information to be entered once, and it is populated in every relevant form. With Admit+, signatures are collected in a batch and it is populated in every signature field.
Logic is built into the forms such that care level and insurance information triggers the appropriate forms based upon admissions criteria and forces staff to complete each and every section required before moving onto the next.
Used as prescribed, Admit+ eliminates any opportunity for error and ensures the right documents are completed and signed at the right time and that only appropriate residents are admitted.
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