EMR is the basic ingredient of any modern medical practice. It helps in improving the quality of care and standardizes working procedures in a practice. As much as it is of use to a physician, the EMR also helps in ensuring better patient care.
Safe and protected medical records
An EMR ensures that your medical records are protected and their information is retained forever. Unlike paper records, computer-based records are easy to archive and easy to retrieve. A physician has the ease of accessing any patient information even after a long period of time with utmost ease.
Informed and better decisions
A patient’s treatment and medical information grow over a period of time. The physician can only remember the main points and is prone to overlooking minor incidents. This is more so when the physician has to go through a bunch of documents each time he has to see a patient.
Since the EMR keeps a track of all the patients past and ongoing medical treatments and tests, it helps the physicians make better and informed decisions in planning the care for the patient. All this happens electronically and thus automatically.
Spending more time with patients
As a result of all the data residing on an electronic database, it is easier to retrieve any information on click of a button. Some EMRs like OpenEMR also have built-in intelligence that provides alerts to the physician about patients allergies, due tests etc. When all this is taken care of, the physicians can spend more time with their patients, resulting in better patient satisfaction scores.
Since the EMR tracks a patient’s history and ongoing treatment, it provides a well-balanced patient care program to the physician. The physician can then check and if needed, modify it with his own observations and knowledge. This process eliminates the risk of errors that might occur as a result of human error, ultimately providing safer treatments to the patients.
Ease of access
EMRs hosted on HIPAA secure servers offer increased flexibility in terms of access, both to the provider and the patient. Using secure login credentials, the EMR can be accessed from anywhere, meaning patients, as well as doctors, has the entire information ready with them all the time. This flexibility is a boon with patients who find difficulty traveling and also in emergency situations.