Most healthcare, nursing, and behavioral health facilities utilize electronic medical records (EMRs) to track patient data. EMRs are the digital equivalent of paper records that you would find at your clinician’s office, but they can be shared among various healthcare providers to help streamline the patient process. You’ll often find patient treatment history in an EMR, including procedures and medications. There are many reasons why your office may consider implementing EMRs, including:
- Patient data can be tracked by multiple healthcare providers.
- Critical patient information can be seen over an extended period of time.
- An EMR can help practitioners identify patients that are due for checkups and screenings.
- Faster care and decision making from medical professionals.
- EMR records are universal. This means that patients will only have one electronic chart that can be accessed by different facilities, rather than multiple charts, which can cause confusion.
- Healthcare facilities can boost the quality and safety of patient care because it allows physicians to safely prescribe medication since they can see the patient’s previous medication history.
- Providers can easily see a patient’s medical problems and any allergies they may have.
- Space-saving benefits of not having to deal with paper records and files.
- It enables safer and more reliable prescribing.
- Improved privacy and security of patient data.
According to a study from the American Journal of Medicine, certain facilities may even save money by using EMRs. During the study, it was discovered that providers not only saved money on drug expenditure, but they also experienced a decrease in billing errors and an improved efficiency in radiologic diagnostics.
Improved Practitioner Relationships
Implementing an EMR system in your healthcare facility can improve the relationship among your practitioners and other medical facilities. Everything, from medical notes to chart summaries, can be provided to eligible staff members when they need it. Many EMRs feature patient portals, where patients can log in to view their personal health records and reach out to their physicians.
Better Work Flow
An EMR allows doctors and healthcare professionals to see a larger number of patients due to the ease of access to clinical data. This means that providers spend less time sorting through paper records and reports. An EMR may include various information about a patient, such as:
- Patient contact information, including phone number, email, and address
- Emergency contacts of the patient
- Height, weight, and body mass index or BMI
- Past and recent physician orders
- The different prescription medications that have been prescribed
- Patient allergies and past medical history
- Billing and insurance information
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