Why Does Your Medical Practice Need Electronic Patient Intake Forms?
- Blake Rodocker
- June 20, 2014
As practices and hospitals migrate from paper forms to e-forms, they are looking for ways to automate and store patient records electronically and move them into their EMRs. Electronic patient intake forms offer a way to do this, and they deliver a high return on investment as well.
The benefits of utilizing intake forms within a patient portal include:
- Improved productivity. Staff members spend less time processing completed forms, as patients are able to do this themselves online.
- Easy access to patient data. When information is stored as structured data within the patient health record, it becomes easier for both physicians and patients to access it.
- Convenience. Patients can fill out electronic forms at any time and from anywhere, saving time at check-in.
With Bridge Patient Portal, once a patient intake form or Health Risk Assessment form is filled out by a patient, it can be sent to the physician’s EHR either as structured data or in PDF format. It is then recorded as a completed intake form and populated into the patient’s health history. Health Risk Assessment forms can be filled out every month to get an updated score on the patient’s health risk assessment. Physicians can view these results and provide encouragement or feedback based on each patient’s progress.
A benefit to using Bridge Patient Portal is that intake forms can be incorporated into a practice’s medical website, allowing for the collection of patients’ health histories and credit card information (and the creation of the patient account), all via a secure form found on the provider’s public website.
Another thing that makes patient intake forms attractive to both patients and providers is that the workflow process is streamlined and can take place without the patient having to call the physician’s office. This is convenient, saves time, and makes for a better overall patient experience.
All of our forms are fully customizable and can replicate any healthcare orgorganization’s current paper forms.
To learn more, call us at 866-838-9455.
This article was originally published on the MWE blog.