The medical record sections in hospitals and at physicians practices doctor’s contain some of the incredibly personal and sensitive information about their patients. Everything about a patient’s identity, from birth records, family members, illnesses and social security details reside in the providers archives. So isn’t it better to be safe in the knowledge that your information is secure, protected and easily retrievable in case of emergencies?
Unquestionably, Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are the future of medical records. Old documents can be converted into a digital format and become text searchable, whilst new records are kept in an entirely digital format. This allows for better security, faster retrieval and, most importantly, vastly improved efficiency for medical staff. All of these benefits have a knock on effect for patients, positively impacting the lives of everyone who visits a hospital or doctor’s surgery.
By having these documents scanned and digitized into electronic format there are many ways in which electronic document management can optimize a patient’s experience. Instantly, medical staff have access to any records they need, from the comfort of their desk, without having to perform a time consuming search through dusty old alphabetized filing cabinets.
All documents and health records are backed up, so there’s no chance of data loss. As well as the obvious time saving and security benefits, it’s surprising just how much space can be freed in medical buildings, just by digitizing documents and records. This space can then be utilized in a way that improves the lives of employees, giving extra medical staff or equipment or simply saving costs.
Another fantastic benefit of electronic records is that, with the appropriate software applications, data can easily be transferred between authorized parties. This is extremely useful if, for instance, a patient has moved house or has been referred to a specialist for a specific ailment. It allows for any member of medical staff to receive the important documents they need to give a patient the best possible treatment for their problem, and all within a reasonable time frame.
It is projected that by 2019, 90% of healthcare related documents will be stored and archived in this way. This is beneficial for anyone who receives medical care, or works in the healthcare sector. A faster, more accurate and secure record keeping system will allow for the quality of care that patients receive to improve. Anyone who works all day treating the sick deserves the best tools available to them and the ill deserve the best service possible when being nursed back to health. Electronic records are the simply the best solution, for both patients and medical professionals alike.