What Are Electronic Medical Records?

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October 11, 2012 — 916 views  
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What Are Electronic Medical Records?

Almost fifty percent of hospitals in the United States are now using Electronic Medical Records, but what are Electronic Medical Records and why have they become so popular?

There are two different ways to keep medical records in hospitals. The information can be stored on paper or it can be stored digitally. Healthcare professionals are, apparently, divided when it comes to their opinion of the storage of medical records. A survey in 2009 revealed that 48.3 percent of hospitals were now using Electronic Medical Records , but the rest were still using paper-based records.

The rise in stock that electronic medical records has seen can be ascribed to the many benefits it provides a healthcare practice. A doctor, when using digitally stored records, does not need to worry about physical storage. You can imagine the amount of paper that accumulates throughout a premises when one is legally bound to keep a patient's medical records for seven years before they're allowed to discard them. Another problem alleviated with the use of Electronic Medical Records is losing a patient's medical information. It is simply impossible when you have every record stored digitally and is but a mouseclick away.

Another problem doctors and healthcare professionals encounter is legibility. When writing medical records by hand, it is imperative to use clear handwriting so a colleague can read it in the future. But that is not always possible when in a hurry, and oftentimes writing quickly can lead to mistakes. Electronic medical records reduce the risk of human error significantly. Studies revealed that using digital methods to store medical records can improve the efficiency of a workplace by 6% per year.

Let's quickly recap the benefits that have made electronic medical records so popular in recent years:

● No cluttered storage places, which reduces the chance of losing a patient's medical records. Digital storage also makes finding a patient's information much quicker
● No mistakes or misinterpretation. Electronic medical records ensure that healthcare professionals can read their documents clearly.
● Improved efficiency in the workplace. When a doctor doesn't have to run around searching for records, it allows them to use their time more effectively.
● Electronic medical records can be edited (with some legal constraints). It's not always necessary to make a new record, past ones can be changed.

Electronic medical records haven't just become popular in hospitals in the United States. Veterinary practices in the United Kingdom are making good use of the advantages digital storage provides. A survey revealed that a rather staggering 89 percent of veterinary practices in the United Kingdom had switched from paper-based storage to using more efficient, digital methods.

It is important to buy electronic medical record software from a reputable company. HealthTec Software is a trusted provider and customers can contact them by phone, email, or alternatively use their website (http://www.healthtec-software.com/electronic-medical-records.htm) to find out more information about electronic medical records.

 

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