The healthcare industry is one that involves a lot of logging and tracking in order to make sure every patient receives proper care. Paperwork, such as prescriptions, notes and charts, has always been a part of the process. However, handling hundreds of charts on a daily basis is an overwhelming job especially considering how easy it can be to misplace a chart or for unauthorized individuals to gain access to the personal patient information.
Electronic medical records have become a key part of maintaining a successful and compliant office. Personnel can quickly update patient information as well as input notes from the physician, reports and prescription information. The information is saved into an electronic database, eliminating the need to pull charts and maintain hundreds of sheets of paper in order to track vital patient information. EMR can save physical office space that would normally be designated for chart storage. Filing this information into the computer system also eliminates the use of a great deal of paper, which is a benefit to the environment. Paper files are vulnerable to damage and if there was ever a disaster at the office, such as a fire or flood, vital information stored in patient charts could be damaged or lost forever. Having the information stored on an electronic database ensures that the records can be accessed on any computer with an Internet connection, so the risk of loss is virtually none.
Electronic medical records have also eliminated problems with messy handwriting, since everything is typed. This helps office staff members review physician notes accurately and ensure that everyone is giving the same information to the patient.