Why is an electronic medical record service important?
Many studies in the past have shown the benefits of electronic medical record (EMRs) use to individual practitioners, patients or even an entire hospital. Some of the major areas where individual users can benefit from EMRs are listed below:
Researchers identified that loss of data during data transcription often leads to incomplete data when using paper collection forms. The majority of EMRs have templates with preset parameters users need to acquire from patients in order to provide quality care. The use of pre-specified templates enables holistic data collection and minimizes any loss of data that can occur during data capture or transcription.
Data storage and transmission
EMRs are known for streamlining processes within a hospital. Interoperability features within EMRs help eliminate duplication of tasks as data is entered once so it can be stored and retrieved whenever and wherever necessary across specializations and practices. This minimizes the workload on individual users and better connects specialties and departments within clinical practices.
Most EMRs have built-in intelligence that assists users in identifying relationships among data points that could be missed during the care process. EMR systems can also support users in selecting the best treatment practices that could be personalized to a patient’s condition. The systems can give users prompts and alerts to follow the best and latest practices that are available in medicine.
Since EMRs are the storehouse of big data, different users (administrators, clinical departments, individual clinical users, patients etc.) have the ability to generate respective reports at the click of a button. Data that is available within EMRs could also be used for further research in identifying new trends.
Work is currently being done to help EMR users in minimizing workload and optimizing care quality. Many of the current medical practices could not function without access to patient’ data in real-time. With the use of EMR data, caregivers are better informed about a patient’s condition and will be able to make informed decisions on the treatment options available.
Source: Article based on University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics, Educating leaders in health informatics since 1997, in Quora.