What are the Benefits of Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
How EMR Works
Electronic medical records or EMR refers to a system of organizing patient data digitally using specially designed software. Electronic medical records are essentially the digital equivalent of hard copy data files which record general information about the patient; like their medical history and their treatment at the clinic over the course of their visitations. It accumulates data as it is collected over time by the medical practice and is referred to by the doctor at the time of visitation. It is a quick and efficient way to gather data and refer to it. There are several benefits of using EMR systems in your practice.
Benefits of EMR
Advantages can be broken down into three areas: physicians, patients and hospitals.
EMR Benefits for Physicians:
Improving Practice: Electronic medical records are beneficial for patient care and the quality of work of family physicians. It must be noted that in the ever-changing landscape of medical knowledge family physicians need to keep up with a range of information. Family physicians can’t know everything. After all, they are human. This is where digital data systems come in. Electronic medical records as a tool are designed to improve access to information and relationships, effectively transforming how physicians conduct their practice.
Financial benefits: Using Electronic medical records at your practice is an excellent way to bring down overall expenditure. According to many resources, including a study published by The American Journal of Medicine, opting for EMR systems can lead to a positive return on your financial investment. The use of EMRs has led to savings on drug expenditure, quicker and efficient recording and reporting of billing services, better service in radiologic diagnostics and lesser billing errors.
Better information: EMR systems have special benefits for physicians. They collect, compile and provide information in a manner that isn’t possible with paper files. Information is presented in the form of graphs and pie charts. Data systems display values of cholesterol levels, and blood pressure and weight, allowing physicians to track any changes that have taken place over time. In addition, they allow them to better manage chronic diseases and screening targets; improving the quality of care provided to patients. Furthermore, they can also remind doctors when screening measures and prevention methods are out of date, prompting them to adopt new ones.
Do electronic medical records improve the quality of care?
There are several advantages of EMR for patient care
1. Better patient care: In addition, using EMR systems at the practice improves the quality of patient care alongside increasing safety. You can use the system to prescribe and place an order for your patient as well as being able to check whether the patient had been given the same medicine from another doctor. In addition, you can quickly go over the patient’s history at the touch of a button and get the low down on the patient’s medical history and allergies. The availability of such information allows the staff and the doctor to give well-rounded, personalized and efficient care to the patient.
EMR systems bring patients to the forefront of the healthcare process. Software features, such as clinical summaries, which are shared with the patients within three working days, give patients the low down of their visit such as the care provided, medicines prescribed, follow-up dates and other anecdotes. Summaries allow patients to retain information, recall something they might have missed and get a clearer understanding of what is going on. It also allows them to raise any questions they might have. Another feature of the software is providing links to videos, articles and images, which help patients in getting clarity about their personal healthcare situation.
These resources are patient-specific, making them easy to understand. This allows patients to make informed decisions about their impending surgeries, procedures and other areas of their life. Furthermore, patients can also request electronic copies of their healthcare information when they want to. If they ever want to switch healthcare providers, their electronic medical record is transferred to the new healthcare provider, giving them an in-depth look at their history.
2. Security and privacy: Patient data is also much more secure in a digital system. Information is compiled in a database that can only be accessed by authorized employees. In addition, there is less likelihood of data being misplaced, as could be the case with a file system, whereby some pages go missing or, in some cases, an entire file is misplaced or misfiled. The flow of work thus remains continuous and smooth in the office.
Advantages of EMR for Hospitals
Save up on space: Paper charts and files need to be stored. They grow in size and require additional space as time goes on. You can free up space in the office for other facilities and do not need to dedicate a specific place to files.