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5 Benefits of Electronic Medical Records

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Posted on Mar 05, 2021, 3 p.m.

Medical facilities are shifting from traditional ways of keeping records to more modern ways of keeping records. We could say that this is just another technological shift in the medical field, but it is a trend that started picking up pace over the last decade. 

As quoted by the RevenueXL, electronic medical records meet their specific needs. The needs are met by providing family practice-specific workflows, and pre-built SOAP notes templates for common procedures. Overall, electronic medical records ensure easy documentation. 

To better understand electronic medical records, we take a look at five benefits linked to the use of EMR.

Reasons to Use Electronic Medical Records:

Easy Documentation 

The electronic age has made data recording an easy thing to do. Not only is the print in digital form and hard to disrupt by external sources, but it is also hard to lose due to the presence of backup drives in computers. This also means that a lot of patients can get access to the hospital easily since it is easy to document the patient into the hospital system. 

It is Automatic 

The whole concept of using computers has always been to make work easier for the users. Thanks to electronic medical records, work is made easy. Simultaneously, the system avoids redundancy and collects and reports data easily. 

This allows the caregivers to be more present to respond to any patient in need of their services. The automation can also be cited to reduce the time that patients take to get administered or leave the hospital. 

Easy Access to Patients Medical Records

A patient in dire need of help from the hospital will quickly be given the help they need if the hospital has incorporated an electronic medical record. This is because the doctors will have quick access to the patient's medical history within a few taps of their iPads. Unlike traditional methods, the nurses had to shuffle through several medical records to get to the right one then rush it to the doctor.

Timely Notification of Results

Electronic medical records allow the results to be easily accessed by doctors and nurses. This is because the results are uploaded to the system and any doctor can access this. Other than allowing the patient to receive the recommended procedures in due time, the system streamlines workflow providing for the ultimate efficiency of the hospital.

Improves Profit and Cash Flow

The hospital increases its profits since the administrative aspect is merged with the clinical. Through this, efficiency is boosted and time-wasting procedures are removed. Simultaneously, cash flow increases given that the hospital is fast-moving. Through the system handling denials, money that was to be spent on that is reduced. 

The Best EMR Systems 

Owning such a reliable piece of system will come at a cost but the benefits will always outweigh the inconveniences if there are any. The best systems range at a price of as low as $500 a month to as high as $750 a month. Some of the popular EMR systems include: 

  • AdvancedMD Practice Management
  • Greenway Health – Intergy EMR
  • CareCloud
  • athenahealth
  • Kareo Clinical EHR
  • NextGen Healthcare
  • ChartLogic EHR
  • DrChrono EMR/EHR
  • TriMed Complete
  • Elation Health
  • Compulink Healthcare
  • RXNT
  • PrognoCIS
  • WebPT
  • RevenueXL

Should You Get an EMR? 

An EMR system ensures that the hospital provides quality, cutting-edge efficiency, and timely services to the customers. By creating enough time to focus on other patient's needs and access to patient records, the benefits of an EMR become visible. 

It may be hard accepting change especially when you are used to things being done traditionally. Getting an electronic medical record will mean a big shift for the facility/practice. To choose whether you should get one or not, look at your facility/practice and the needs it serves. This will give you an idea of which electronic medical record you could pick. 

This article was written by Ashley Lipman, a blogger and health advocate. 

As with anything you read on the internet, this article should not be construed as medical advice; please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before making any changes to your wellness routine.

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