By adopting this electronic reporting
system, we could establish a proper medical record. This electronic reporting
platform offers rapid access to test results and able to link verification with
follow-up action through auditable and transparent system.
Following are three of the biggest benefits of switching
to electronic reporting system in allied health practice or in other word,
paperless. First and foremost, cost savings. By switching to the electronic
reporting system, this will show significant savings on cost because processes
are more streamlined. The equipment and storage are also not required in the
same capacity as before because when documents are stored electronically and
accessed from one place, printing becomes less necessary for records. So the
money could be saved on paper, toner, ink, and photocopier maintenance costs.
The time spent for physically managing patients’ case files is also
non-existent in a paperless practice.
Next, documents will be safer. By adopting electronic
reporting system, the document files are less likely to be lost and damaged
compared to when storing the physical files. To be truth, paper is naturally
more easily get damaged when at risk of events like fire and flood. Casaline et. al. (2009) also highlighted that paper
records are easily misplaced or damaged. Therefore, by utilizing simple
search functions in electronic reporting system, the document files are more
easily recovered since they can be backed up by the cloud-based system. A study
suggests the cloud-based practice management software has almost 100 per cent guarantee of security to
files and a safe, secure and reliable backup system.
Moreover, by adopting electronic reporting system in
allied health practices also may improve customer service as response to
clients could be quicker with accurate information. For example, clinicians can
locate files quickly and easily during on the phone without making patient wait
for unnecessary amount of time while the clinician searching for patients’ files.
This is because clinicians have immediate access to patient files on the cloud
system, which in turn, making response efficiently and improve customer
Furthermore, by utilizing electronic reporting system in
allied health settings, information can be readily communicated and shared
among healthcare providers. This is because electronic notes on patients’ case
files are simultaneously updated on a real-time basis whenever it is audited by
different professional healthcare teams. In turn, multidisciplinary collaboration in patient care will be much more
efficient as the healthcare teams can access and share information about
patients’ case and details. Nevertheless, it is important to connect the healthcare teams from
different field very well to avoid fragmentation so that any of the specialized
information will not be misunderstood.