Medical assistants are needed across the nation to care for an ever-aging population. Assistants can find jobs in just about any setting they like and the number of these positions just keeps increasing. Training is available to become a medical assistant. Most of that training will be on the application of technology in the workplace. The following are three amazing technological developments that have helped medical assistants, care providers and the patients they serve:
- Computerized Billing
This may sound like a terribly boring advancement in technology, but this is actually a huge step forward. When billing can be reviewed digitally, overspending and overtreatment can be reduced. According to Advanced Data Systems, it greatly reduces administrative costs. The billing process can be automated, as can financial reporting. Medical Assistants benefit from the ability to quickly access the data. Patient’s questions can be answered and the care providers can see what treatment has been given in the past.
- Laptops and Tablets
These technologies, though not developed specifically for the medical field, have greatly benefitted it. The ability to have medical records at the care provider’s beck and call is amazing. Medical assistants can gather data and enter it into the system so that it is available. Test results can be viewed, as can medical imaging such as x-rays.
C.Lee Ventola, MS, writes that health care providers are using mobile devices at the point of care for several reasons. First, there is the need for communication. This would include voice calling and video conferencing in addition to text and email capabilities.
Second, those in the healthcare field also use mobile devices for accessing electronic health records, electronic medical records, clinical decision support systems and hospital information systems. Third, medical workers access informational resources such as drug references and medical literature. Fourth, they use mobile devices for clinical software applications such as disease diagnosis aids and medical calculators.
- Electronic Health Records
The actual software program for the EHR can vary from setting to setting, but the general idea is the same for each program. According to Allied Health Institute, medical assistants may need training in the specific electronic health record (EHR) software used in their new job setting. Basic electronic health records are simply computerized patient charts. The most elaborate EHR’s allow for patient-centered, real-time information to be shared by doctors and clinicians in various settings.
Patient data is instantly available to those who have access to the network. Records like medical history, prescription history, diagnoses, test results and even medical imaging can be kept in the patient’s EHR. Providers are able to make informed decisions quickly and provide the best treatment available. There is increased accuracy in and organization of the patient’s information.