The Electronic Medical Record (EMR)

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The age of computers has drastically enhanced our ability to view, document and diagnose without the need to write on paper. There are many software applications available for use to aide in recording a patient’s health record. The technology of today is designed to capture the whole picture of a patient’s medical conditions. The paper medical record could often be illegible and often mistakes were made when transcribing, causing misinformation used to treat the patient. The benefits are huge, not only can the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) be seen by anyone with the proper access to that EMR system. This technology allows sharing important medical information to other institutions using the same medical record. Records are shared through network-connected, enterprise-wide information systems or other information networks and exchanges. This process can be done in an instant of the online request. Of course there are security issues to be dealt with, but imagine being a patient with a significant health problems and traveling to another state or country. Then while away from their medical facility, they have an …show more content…
Physicians and all clinical staff are required to document the care given to a patient. Prior to the EMR of today, much of that work was done on paper and very time consuming. If a Physician writes a medication prescription on a prescription pad to give to the patient, the prescription must be then transcribed in the paper chart, which in turn causes duplicate documentation and can be a gateway to errors. Although the idea wasn’t welcomed with open arms, it was a major advancement in the practice of medicine. “In 1991, the Institute of Medicine, a highly respected think tank in the US recommended that by the year 2000, every physician should be using computer in their practice to improve patient care and made policy recommendation on how to achieve that

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