In the medical world, beginning to use electronic medical records (EMR) marks the first step in taking medical services online and reaching out to more and more people. However, the main reason why most healthcare facilities are adopting EMR systems is due to the increased efficiency that they bring in services delivery.
First, EMR systems come with high levels of security and safety of information in managing patient information. Note that before invention of EMR systems, numerous cases of critical patient files ending up in dumpsters or in the wrong hands because someone did not throw them away properly were rampant. However, with EMR systems, hospitals are able to strongly guard patient information not only from ending up in a dumpster, but also from unauthorized personnel. Patient information is kept in computers which are protected using physical means, software and passwords. For example, hospital management can give password to staff to access only certain information about a client, give keys to only selected persons and use software to tract what information each staff is accessing. This was not possible with manual files where one had all the information provided he or she has access to the file.
Although some individuals argue that there is doubt about the level of security offered to patient information due to threats such as malware, hacking and viruses-that are associated with any electronic program, there are programs that solve this demerit in that market today. In simple terms, technological advancement has brought with it cutting edge EMR programs that come with additional security features that can be used to fight cyber crimes and attacks.
Other benefits that come with EMR systems are economy of space and faster delivery of services. For example, medical billing through an electronic system requires only a mere touch of a button. In addition, thorough EMR systems, a doctor can monitor his or her patients from anywhere; all he or she needs is access to the internet. Clearly, EMR systems have brought efficiency and effectiveness in managing patient information.
HealthTec Software, Inc.