Communication and Information Technology
Electronic Medical Records
By Candace Sanchez
University of Phoenix
Just like standard methods of record keeping, moving patient’s records from paper and physical filing systems to computers and their super storage capabilities creates great efficiencies for patients and their providers, as well as health payment systems.
Electronic medical records are the “new age” in storing medical records. An electronic medical record is a digital record kept by your doctor’s office, your insurance company, or by facilities where you are a patient, like a hospital for instance.
Electronic medical record systems are intended to keep track of the patient’s entire health and medical history in a computerized format. Thus, with the records kept in order, retrieving the records when needed is much safer and efficient.
However, efficiency is not the only benefit. For patient’s, access to good care becomes easier and safer when their records can be easily shared. Important information such as blood type, prescribed medications, medical conditions, and any other vital medical information can be recorded much more quickly. At the very least, an existing electronic medical record can save time at the doctor’s office or even your life in an emergency.
An additional benefit is safety, in the past; the way a doctor obtained your heath history from you was by asking you. Each time you visited a new doctor’s office, you filled out forms about your history, including previous surgeries, or medications that you take on a regular basis. If you forgot a piece of information, or did not write it down because it seemed unimportant to you, then your doctor did not have that piece of medical information to work with.
Another feature with electronic medical records is voice recognition. “In the beginning, there was memory; the doctor’s memory was relied on for the patient’s medical record” (Fisherman, Eric 2010)....
References: Department of Veteran Affairs April 2009, www.patients.about.com
Fisherman, Eric, MD President; The Importance of Voice Recognition in an EMR, 2010 EHR Scope. Retrieved on May 3, 2010 from www.emrconsultant.com
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