Electronic imaging ordering: The next big thing?

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In only a few years, the electronic prescription revolution has had a profound impact on healthcare. From all paper in 2005 to 1.2 billion electronically transferred prescriptions in 2014, this technology experienced a steep adoption curve. For most of us, it’s become hard to imagine healthcare without automated prescriptions.

The resulting positive effects of electronic prescribing on patient health are compelling too. Studies show that 81.3% of patients prefer electronic prescriptions to paper ones. Even more, 94% of patients picked up their prescription within 14 days vs. 15-20% non-adherence observed otherwise with paper. Electronic communication not only improves patient health, but also increases pharmacy revenue.

Whether it’s a trending consumer electronics device or the latest development in business technology, everyone is constantly searching for the next big thing - typically one that delivers more value or makes our lives easier. And always, the appetite for what’s next and what’s new is insatiable.

In healthcare imaging, electronic ordering, an interoperability solution to simplify patient referrals may in fact be on the horizon. It’s been done before with prescriptions, and now is the time to repeat this advancement with the delivery of imaging orders. Anyone who still receives orders via paper or fax, or even costly individual point-to-point HL7 connections, should appreciate a better way to manage your orders.

Replacing paper prescriptions with electronic ones has clearly revolutionized the pharma industry. Replacing paper imaging orders with electronic ones can do the same. Studies show that 46% of all imaging referrals never turn into an appointment, either because of lack of patient follow-up or lost faxes. This is the exact situation we were in with unfilled prescriptions due to paper back in 2005.

Merge helps define and create this new referral management revolution with iConnect® Network Services (iCNS). For Merge iCNS customers, the next big thing is already here. These customers have incorporated electronic orders into their everyday processes to replace paper, fax, and point-to-point connections.

All ambulatory imaging practices should implement electronic orders to grow their businesses if they want to remain competitive in the next five years. Why? The benefits are so compelling that other organizations are moving quickly in this direction already.

Why wait to redefine your imaging referral strategy?  Don’t get left behind with paper orders. Download this on-demand webinar to discover how Merge can help you streamline the referral process and improve physician community success. 

Originally posted on: 10/22/2015 9:45:29 AM

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