Electronic Medical Records: Transforming the Healthcare Industry

Frank Quinn
February 8, 2013 — 1,031 views  
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The advent of Electronic Medical Records has completely automated the healthcare industry. It has certainly taken medical practice to the next level.  Although EMR technology has been around for decades, widespread adoption of electronic medical records merely began in 2009 with the promulgation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Considering the staggering amount of fatalities in the US, the health IT industry was depleting and citizens demanded quality and affordable healthcare, which is why the government took the initiative and proposed a solution in form of Meaningful Use (MU) incentives. Many believe that besides promoting the slogans of improved care quality, the government's financial incentives played a vital role in promoting the adopting of electronic medical records.

However, physicians are only eligible for such incentives if they satisfy certain requirements established by the government in MU stage 1. Despite the fact that clinicians were not that keen on adopting EMR, once they discovered the benefits of such technology along with the MU incentives, they just couldn't say no. It certainly made it all the more clear as to how the government was prioritizing the digitization of healthcare. When physicians used to keep track of patient health records on paper, it took hours from their practice and adversely affected the quality of healthcare.

EMRs have revolutionized the healthcare industry by simplifying the process of storing, retrieving, and accessing important patient data. With EMRs, all practice related solutions are just a click away from physicians. Furthermore, physicians, and even patients, can access their information securely from anywhere, anytime, which ensures 24/7 connectivity between patients and physicians. All they need is an internet connection.

"It is our responsibility to maintain customer data and share it with other physicians when needed. Paperwork used to be so much of a hassle and at times, we felt over-burdened by the risk of losing important data. However, with the introduction of electronic medical records, the risk of losing important data in case of a disaster is gone and data management has become simpler", says a leading physician from Florida.

In addition to this, leading EMR vendors have introduced all-in-one solutions that integrates Practice Management, Patient Portal, and Medical billing Service with electronic medical records. Practice Management Software provides a helping hand by streamlining administrative and clinical operations. Patient Portal ensures all-time connectivity that helps in providing quality healthcare. Furthermore, outsourced medical billing expedites the revenue cycle by reducing the number of claim denials, encouraging physicians to practice without boundaries.

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Frank Quinn


Over the past twenty years, Frank Quinn has contributed significantly on standardizing, interconnecting and institutionalizing care delivery through health IT, helping eliminate barriers to accessibility, quality and adoption. EMR, practice management, eRx, patient portal, medical billing, compliance, privacy and security are his areas of expertise. For more information, please contact Frank at [email protected]