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Importance of Electronic Health Records

Modern physician’s office can be bisected into two parts- the medical practice and the ton of paperwork and documentation that comes with maintaining a health care facility. Even a small heath care center or an individual’s practice has its own share of record maintenance. This is why investing in a credible electronic medical record (EMR) system is necessary.

What is EMR?

Like the name suggests, it is essentially an electronic record of a patient’s health related information that can be quantized and stored in an electronic form which makes it easy to transfer, retrieve and modify as the situation requires. This information will include the diagnosis; treatment provided dating back years on end. This information will come in handy when your patient opts to consider treatment at a different facility sometime in the future.

Since all the necessary patient information is literally at your fingertips, the physician can easily modify the treatment procedure to make the patient’s stay in the facility as comfortable as possible it also allows the doctors to make sure that the treatment being offered does not react violently with a pre-existing condition or with a medication that the patient is already taking.

Reluctance in adopting EMR

Although the benefits of incorporating EMR into a medical care facility setting seem lucrative, many are still at odds when adopting this technology. Some of the reasons why enterprises are shying away from EMR are:

  • Lacked support skills that are necessary to maintain and run the system.
  • Inertial towards current method of meticulously recording patient data in a traditional file folders.
  • Inhibitions of revamping an existing system and fears of initial incompetence until everyone involved are quite proficient at running the systems.
  • Concerns about fast obsolesce/ failure to upgrade to newer models or technology.

However, the Institute of Medicine issued a seven point functionality that recognized the importance of adopting EMR in modern medical practice. These include:

  • Ease of access to patient information including diagnoses, allergies, prior medication, lab results etc.
  • Access to complete patient medical history, even those that were recorded at a different medical facility.
  • Computer decision support systems that alert a physician in case of drug interactions.
  • Secure, near error proof digital storage facility.
  • Patient’s access to health records, disease management tools and other health information resources.
  • Computerized administration, such as scheduling, preferred treatments, etc.
  • Standardized electronic data processing for increased patient safety and disease surveillance.

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) vs. Electronic Health Records (EHR)

There are inherent differences between EMR and EHR. EMRs are nothing more than recording services that stores the entire data of each patient in an electronic format. EHR, however, offers a more comprehensive view of the patient history, thus giving the acting physician a better understanding of the patient’s condition and the past treatment.

EHR is shared data that can be accessed by authorized personnel, even from different health care facilities, depending on where the patient is obtaining his treatment at. This data can also be modified and updated, based on the current treatment procedures.

Why MedConverge

At MedConverge, we have a slew of resourceful and experienced staff offering world class EMR & EHR services, ensuring that the patient information is always up to date and that the format adheres to standard requirements. For more information about our services, write to us at info@medconverge.com or call us on (800) 898-0709.


References

  1. Electronic Medical Record Systems. (2017). Retrieved January 27, 2017, from www.healthit.ahrq.gov: https://healthit.ahrq.gov/key-topics/electronic-medical-record-systems
  2. Rouse, M. (201). electronic medical record (EMR). Retrieved January 27, 2017, from www.whatis.techtarget.com: http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/electronic-medical-record-EMR
  3. What Is an Electronic Medical Record (EMR)? (2017). Retrieved January 27, 2017, from www.healthit.gov: https://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/electronic-medical-records-emr

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