EMR Systems Bring Big Benefits to Healthcare
Electronic medical records (EMR) are now becoming just as common in the healthcare industry as those classic blue scrubs. With doctors offices and hospitals adopting this new technology faster than any other, it is proving to be one of the most important advancements in medical technology today.
As it turns out, more and more healthcare providers are finding that those high stacks of manila folders holding important documents pertaining to their patients’ health are not cutting it anymore. Lost files, illegible prescriptions and misplaced information are just some of the problems being experienced by physicians, and EMR software has helped to eliminate these obstacles.
Benefits of EMR
There are many, many benefits to switching to EMR systems on the patient side as well as for physicians and their practices. By eliminating all of those cumbersome filing cabinets and shelves, office space is opened up to allow for more exam rooms, a more organized office, or even for storage of more medical equipment. An even bigger benefit than space-saving is the enormous reduction in error that physicians’ offices have experienced. With instant access to patient information, office administrators don’t have to rustle through stacks of files jammed into a drawer. Now, they can simply type in a patient’s name or ID number and have access to any and all information that is needed, without having to decipher the doctors’ handwritten notes. With all of the information clearly displayed on a screen that is accessible from any networked computer, the proper information can be shared and transferred to different doctors or specialists with no hassle.
Those that have adopted EMR technology into their practices have also reaped another kind of benefit: refunds on their investment from the Federal Incentive Program. With this initiative, the government will literally pay a 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, but with an incentive like that, many healthcare providers are finding that it is well worth the conversion.
The growth in popularity of this technology has, of course, brought out a lot of competition in the market, and choosing the right EMR system can be tough. With such an important decision on the table and a lot of money being invested, it is worth it to do some extensive research to see which EMR system is right for your practice.
Choosing an EMR System
Proper usability and design testing and research should be done on a number of potential EMR system candidates, and all involved in the process of maintaining and updating this information should have a voice in the decision making process before making a purchase. Careful consideration should also be given on the information technology side of the implementation, as these systems can be quite complex to install and maintain if used on a large network, like in a hospital or large outpatient clinic.
The use of EMR systems has grown exponentially over the past few years, and its use continues to spread across the globe as more and more healthcare providers see its results and benefits in their practice. Check back here on HealthcareTechReview.com often for more news, updates, and reviews on all things EMR.