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Convert to Electronic Medical Records

Electronic medical records, or EMRs, are showing up in doctor’s offices and hospitals all over the country. Why should you follow suit, and how should you choose the best system for your practice?

EMRs are transferable across different doctors and specialists.
This can be extremely helpful when someone is being bounced back and forth between specialists. You want your records and test results to easily go from one doctor to another so they can compare all information and make an informed diagnosis. However, you are usually stuck waiting for files to be shipped and results to be called in or faxed. By putting everything in an electronic system, each doctor has access to your full file right from their office computer. There’s no waiting for information transfers or missing information lost in transit.

EMRs keep patient data secure and confidential.
Patients no longer have to worry about their medical records getting into the wrong hands. With this vital information retained solely in an electronic system, security measures can be put in place to make sure only those who are authorized can view the files.

EMRs save time.
A tremendous amount of time is saved by not having to flip through large charts of paperwork. If you want to look for a specific topic or year you can just look under that category. It’s all right in front of you instead of hidden in a stack of papers. It’s also great for nurses who are visiting patient after patient just for one quick procedure or medication handout. Instead of having to research what each patient needs, they can access it quickly on their computer.

EMRs save space.
If you printed out everything on your computer hard drive, where would you store it all? Making your records electronic saves you all the room of keeping these files. With increasing medical technology, people are living longer. More files and larger files are only taking up the space that you could be using to treat more people.

EMRs prevent error.
While dealing with human care, the last thing you want to worry about is error. In a hospital there are lives at stake, so you need the most accurate information in the simplest format that you can get it. People make mistakes; It is just human nature. Nurses could be unable to locate an important warning about mixing medicines for a patient and create a harmful reaction. With electronic medical records, nurses can scan hospital bracelets and immediately have a chart of patient care right in front of them. No more mixing up patients, no more misplacing files. Everything you need for every patient can be found on one computer.

EMRs make prescriptions easy.
EMR technology eliminates the need to call or fax in prescriptions. Patients no longer have to wait through this daunting process, and you don’t have to take the time to call. Step 1: Type their symptoms into their chart. Step 2: Decide on a diagnosis and add it in the computer. Step 3: Type in the correct medication to relieve their symptoms. Step 4: Click “send.” The prescription gets sent right to the pharmacy that is already specified in the patient’s file information and your electronic signature is added by permission of your sign in and password at the start of your computer session. It’s that easy!

 

Federal Incentive Programs PAY you to implement EMRs.
As if the obvious benefits aren’t enough, the government will literally pay your hospital or practice for the adoption, upgrade, or implementation of EMR technology. The payments are only to be provided for the “meaningful use” of certified EMR/EHR technology.

EMROf course we are used to going to the doctor and having them pull out our file. However, if you think about it, the idea of having your file on a computer is not at all a foreign concept. Everything else is computerized. From music to bank accounts, we live in a technological world, so why has it taken so long for something as important as medical records to become digital? Don’t let your hospital or doctor’s office fall behind. Switch to electronic medical records now and give your patients the best attention and care that they can get.

To learn more about EMR, download our white paper “Electronic Medical Records: Choosing the Best System for Your Practice.”

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