Author: Gopu Rachana, st.Peter’s, Institute of Pharmaceutical sciences
What is patient demographics entry?
Patient Demographic entry is the basic information of the patient filled in the health insurance claim. Demographics is a generic term for the inclusionary and exclusionary criteria used when recruiting human subjects for a clinical trial. patient demographic form the core of the data for any medical institution. They allow for the identification of a patient and his categorization into categories for the purpose of statistical analysis. When patients arrive for an appointment or download a health app, they’re usually asked to provide some information, which will become part of your medical records. Demographic information can include:
IMPORTANCE: Patient Demographics is not only important for reimbursement but assist the doctor. Critical information like medical history or allergies, help the doctors make the best treatment protocol. Capture with care: The information provided by the patient must be captured with utmost diligence and care and patient demographics streamline the medical billing process, improve healthcare quality, enhance communication and bolster cultural competency.
Patient Demographics is not only important for reimbursement but assist the doctor. Critical information like medical history or allergies, help the doctors make the best treatment protocol.
In patient demographic information if any inaccurate capture causes claim denials, and consequently, and delayed payments. Research shows that healthcare organizations lose as much as 7% of their annual revenue due to errors in demographic data capture.
Not only does the data captured in the demographic entry process form the base for the medical record, but it also affects insurance claims payment. Error-free capture of patient information is essential for clean claim submission and facilitates quick claims processing by Payers.
The patient demographics are essential as the information collected from the patients can tell a lot about their needs and allowing to provide better care and the most effective treatments.
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