Who Will Electronic Medical Records Benefit?

Who Will Electronic Medical Records Benefit?

Who Will Electronic Medical Records Benefit?

In short, EVERYONE! Electronic Medical Records (EMR) will help streamline an industry that can get bogged down at times with the sheer volume of information that is needed to make a good diagnosis. Let’s take a look at who (and how) this technology will benefit.

Patients:
As a patient, you always want those giving you medical care to have the complete picture of your situation. Each previous diagnosis and treatment, may factor into the next. So as long as we never change doctors, and that doctor never moves or retires, and there is no possibility that your file will ever be damaged, destroyed, or lost, and you never get sick or injured when you travel, then everyone would be A-OKAY, right?!? Unfortunately, we do not live in that world. Whenever we go to a new doctor, we want them to know everything our previous doctor did. At some point, the doctor you have now, will not be your doctor anymore, and you will want the new doctor to pick up right where the last one left off. Any number of situations could occur that could cause your medical file to be damaged, destroyed, or lost. Sometimes when we travel we need a doctor, and even though it may be a one time visit, you want the doctor to know your history and when you get back to your normal doctor, he needs to know what treatment that doctor provided. Recent tragedies like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina have showed the need for patients medical records to be available electronically, to provided the necessary level of care in emergency situations. As more and more medical records are made available electronically, patients can expect a more precise diagnosis and higher level of care.

Doctors:
A doctor’s office can be a hectic place. Doctors are trying to decipher all the information they can from patients in order to make the best diagnosis they can. These doctors never know if the patient has remembered all their past procedures and treatments, and if they did, were they documented? Has the patient been to any other doctors to receive treatment, and how could that treatment affect your diagnosis? Is the patient even available to answer the questions? It’s obvious to see how electronic medical records for their patients would save the doctor a lot of stress and doubt in their diagnosis process. Also, think of the manpower, time, and facilities that are required to simply maintain these records. As electronic medial records are more widely available, doctors will be able to streamline their offices and become much more efficient. Efficiency can lead to innovation, and think of how innovation in the medical field could change the world!

Government:
Healthier citizens can lead to a healthier economy, which will lead to a healthier government. This has led our government to include language in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that provides benefits to medical offices that adopt an electronic medical records model. By attaching these financial benefits to doctors, our government is showing that they care about making the medical industry more efficient.

The team at ICS has the experience and expertise to assist your medical office move to an electronic medical records model, so everyone can enjoy these benefits! Contact us today for a consultation.