How Can One Benefit From Electronic Medical Records?
Technology has become an integral part of our lives today. We don’t go anywhere without our smartphones and can’t resist going on the social media to see what our friends have been up to or to share with them something worthwhile that occurred at out end. Technology has eliminated paper from our lives. We read e-magazines, online news, and e-books from our smartphones or tablets. The innovation has also reached out to the medical industry and we see even the hospitals are getting rid of those paper files and using efficient software such as EMRs.
Now one may argue that nothing beats the good old paper records, but on the other hand, we see hospitals and doctors around the world benefit by moving away from paper-based systems. Electronic medical records have come a long way and have truly made medicine not only safer but also efficient. Thanks to EMRs patients today are receiving better care, medical practices are reimbursed quicker and clinics are able to acquire and retain more patients through the use of effective marketing tools. So here are a few benefits of EMRs that may convince you to upscale your Health IT infrastructure and move into the fast lane with all of us.
Paper medical charts allow patient health information to be in one place at one time. Electronic medical records, on the other hand, make this medical information available to authorized personnel at any time, from any location. This allows patient’s medical team to conveniently and quickly coordinate care, especially in cases of complex diseases or emergency situations.
EMRs allow providers access to real-time records. This means that doctor’s notes, diagnostic images, and test results are instantly available to everyone within the medical team. Through EMRs medical information of a patient can be viewed simultaneously by multiple physicians specializing in different departments of a medical facility.
EMRs are stored within secured databases. They are not lost of misfiled like paper records. The data backup provides additional protection to ensure that files are never destroyed due to disasters, fires or any other unforeseeable events. The best part, only authorized users are allowed to access these files.
Quality of Care:
Efficient regulated medication can improve patient’s care and help prevent dangerous and avoidable oversights. EMR systems offer drug-to-drug and drug-to-allergy interaction checks. These checks help in reducing the risk of improper prescriptions and similar issues that tend to compromise the quality of care provided by a practice.
EMR systems allow you to access the same patient information from different locations. These locations even include different countries. This is not all. The patient usually visits many doctors but end up showing information they receive from their primary physician. This keeps you away from valuable information that a patient may have received when visiting a specialist.
An EMR carefully maintains all past information, including x-rays, medications and doctors’ progress notes, digitally and presents them all on demand. This allows for the accurate and convenient transfer of information.