Electronic Medical Records Systems

Posted by steelersmb
September 29, 2011
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Electronic medical records are computer-based patient medical records. Physicians’ offices and hospitals throughout the United States are using them more and more every day. They offer certain advantages over conventional paper-based medical records. These types of records are useful in processing health insurance claims, and following up with patients. A major benefit to medical providers is the instant availability of data once it is entered electronically.

There are additional labor savings resulting from the elimination of paper-based records, as well. Electronic medical records are easily accessible and standardized for seamless use when required. They reduce the number of entry errors and difficulties with interpreting medical information. Having a patient’s medical and contact information available can also be potentially life-saving. These records may prove fundamentally useful during critical medical events such as severe allergic reactions or heart attacks. By reducing errors and saving time, electronic medical records may help to reduce a large number of deaths.

Systems for electronic medical records have different strengths and limitations. In order to choose the right one, a medical practice can start by understanding how to assess the difference between systems. Medical record systems have different component software packages: patient medical records, appointment scheduling, billing or patient education. Patient medical records are an important component. That’s why it is best to understand the software used to implement electronic medical records. Electronic medical records eliminate the need for paper-based data entry, but it still needs to be entered electronically. These systems use keyboards, and others offer data entry options via touch screens or verbally with the use of voice recognition software. The main objective in installing an electronic medical record system is to reduce paper-based records.

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