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Advantages of EMR for Healthcare Providers

Added: (Wed Sep 07 2011)

Pressbox (Press Release) - EMR or Electronic Medical Records were developed to improve healthcare services by integrating different medical procedures into digitized records which can be easily and conveniently stored, retrieved, and modified through a terminal or a mobile device. So what good can an EMR provide to improve healthcare services?

Advantages of EMR for Healthcare Providers
The advantage of using EMR systems is to make it easier for healthcare providers, such as doctors and nurses, to store, retrieve, and modify their patientís records. But other than for this purpose, EMR systems were also developed to cut costs on medical record storage.

Cutting Costs on Storage
According to many experts, paper-based medical records are usually stored for 7 years, which is a standard in the US. Large healthcare institutions would usually require multiple and larger storage facilities to store all their medical records, whereas using EMR systems would only require a digital storage, such as a hard disk drive, to store all medical information which can also be easily tucked in a secured room within the premises of the hospital or other healthcare institution.

However, according to many experts, this is usually applicable for larger healthcare institutions. Smaller ones may not be able to make use of this advantage due to the cost of its maintenance as well as its personnel which will serve as the systemís administrator.

Improved Healthcare Services
The main reason why EMR systems were developed is to improve healthcare services through several modules found in an EMR, such as a pediatric emr. A popular module is its decision support system.

Fast access to medical literature and current best practices in medicine are hypothesized to enable proliferation of ongoing improvements in healthcare efficacy. In addition to that, during compilation while hospitalization or ambulant serving of the patient, easing to get access on details is improved with browser capabilities applied to screen presentations also cross referring to the respective coding concepts ICD, DRG and medical procedures information.

Another important factor why EMR systems were quickly implemented was it eliminated a number of medical errors caused by the use of paper-based records. Handwritten paper medical records can be associated with poor legibility, which can contribute to medical errors.

electronic medical records, such as a pediatric EMR, help with the standardization of forms, terminology and abbreviations, and data input. Digitization of forms facilitates the collection of data for epidemiology and clinical studies.

Submitted by:Stephen Janssen
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