Information About Electronic Medical Record Systems and Software

Electronic medical record systems are computer-based patient medical records. Such electronic medical record systems are also useful in processing health insurance claims and following up with patients. The main benefit to medical providers is the instant availability of data once it is entered electronically, and the space and labor savings resulting from the elimination of paper-based records.
More and more medical providers in the United States are being encouraged to maintain electronic patient medical records. As a result of this endorsement an electronic medical record system industry has started to grow and evolve very rapidly. The generic electronic medical record system can be described as having three key functional elements: an overall functionality, design and functional aspects that are important from the standpoint of the physician, and the aspects that are important from the patient’s point of view.
When it comes to the overall design, physicians can either purchase an entire electronic medical record system package or pick and choose form a menu whatever features they may need and thus customize the electronic medical record system package so that it will meet their specific needs. Although most of the electronic medical record system packages are flexible when it comes to the size of a respective practice, there are some that are specially designed either for very larger or for very small practices. With today’s electronic medical record system packages, the software may be actually located in the physician’s office, or in a remote location which is accessed through the Internet. The electronic medical record system may have different data entry options such as keyboard, touch-screen or even voice.
There are many options available to optimize the functionality of an electronic medical record system. Some software programs will allow for customized and summary views of medical information, and many will also allow records to be downloaded to portable devices. Many electronic medical record system software programs will allow physicians to review and sign electronic reports.
Different electronic medical record systems have different strengths and limitations. In order to decide which one to purchase, a medical practice has to start by understanding how to assess the difference between systems. You may find an electronic medical record system that will have different component software packages, including those for patient medical records, appointment scheduling, billing or patient education. Since the patient medical records are a critical component, it is best to understand the software used to implement electronic medical records.
Physicians can use their electronic medical record system to also interface with appointment scheduling and financial software and most systems support links to internal or external mail. As there are growing concerns regarding the security of electronic data and remotely stored data in particular, electronic medical record systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated when it comes to the prevention of unauthorized access. There are electronic medical record systems that offer multiple levels of password protection and more recently, systems have been developed that use voice recognition or biometrics for identification.
For those practices that permit patient access to their electronic medical record system, there are software options that will provide them with appointment reminders, offer them access to medical information and also give them access to patient education material or links. Some electronic medical record systems can automatically provide links to patients on materials and other information that is relevant to their particular condition.