In this day and age, electronics are taking over. Instead of taking notes with a notebook and pencil, students are using electronic pads and tablets. Also, there is no need for road maps or atlases anymore because today’s travelers have GPS systems and maps on their cell phones. Another example of technology taking over is EMR’s. An EMR is an electronic medical record. Medical professionals have taken the traditional, bulky paper files and turned them into a convenient, efficient, and speedy system. |
The paper records take up an enormous amount of space, and that can become very costly. Filing, retrieving files, and re-filing paper records is an arduous task for nurses and other assistants. Mistakes are easily made when files are free floating papers that can easily be misplaced. Paper charts can’t be efficiently searched and used to track, analyze and chart large amounts of clinical information. Also, it is a terrible situation when a patient’s file is checked out and taken to a different department because only one department can have access to it at once. This can be detrimental in case of an emergency and the records are not accessible.
Unlike paper records, EMR’s can be easily copied and saved offsite. With EMR’s, medical professionals can more easily manage, share, collect and protect patient’s information. They are accessible in seconds, without spending time looking through countless folders and filing cabinets. Also, an EMR can never be lost or misplaced. A major benefit to electronic medical records is that they save offices a lot of money on paper, ink, storage materials etc.
Overall, EMR’s are cheaper, safer, more efficient, and much easier to work with. They are the perfect solution for any clinic, hospital, or doctors office.
Prime Clinical continues to help practices achieve their EMR goals of eliminating their paper charts, and accomplishing quality and accuracy in patient care. (http://www.primeclinical.com)
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