Computerized Medical Records (EMRs) are a long-term trend in healthcare. They are an integral part of the future of patient care, as they allow doctors to access and monitor patients’ health data in real-time with ease.
The idea is that by having all the information available in front of them at every point, physicians can make better decisions and provide higher quality care for their patients. Let us see how.
EMR provides ease of access to patient information for doctors. The patient may have multiple issues and might have approached different doctors for different issues. Patients need not be in a position to explain this to the doctors.
With EMR the patient won’t have to move from one department to the next carrying all these documents. Doctors can quickly make decisions and prescribe the best opinion for their well-being.
Prevent Medical Reactions and Side-effects
EMR provides consolidated data of all the treatment the patient has gone through in the hospital or clinic. This helps doctors to prescribe the best combination of medicines. As they are aware of the medicines the patients have taken before, or the ones they are currently using, doctors can make sure that the combination they are giving won’t cause any side-effects or reactions.
With EMR the doctors can also record and provide a good diet plan to ensure the food they take in will go with the medication.
Better screening for preventable diseases
EMR holds the complete record of the patient’s health. All the lab records, blood test reports, values of blood pressure, lung function test values, kidney function test values, etc. are provided.
The availability of all laboratory test values at the same place gives the doctor enough information to conduct better health screening and help to prevent many diseases and also to detect diseases like cancer at a very early stage.
Legible records, better patient feedback
The EMR enables better understanding. The patients or their bystanders can easily access, read and understand the data provided. They can also contribute to the information, this could even be life-saving at critical times.
It eases the encounters with physicians, nurses, lab technicians, and insurance staff. It aids vivid communication between all hospital staff. Patients can also have an overview of all the treatments carried out for future reference or for second opinions.
In short, the EMR is designed in a way to give complete medical care to patients, by avoiding errors systematically placing and presenting the information in a ready-to-use manner. This reduces delays, improves the treatment quality thereby resulting in improved patient care.
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