The rationale behind the inception of EMR is quality healthcare. Through automation of medical records, the healthcare community seeks to establish the use of dynamic health information. Analyzing healthcare data can help providers track core issues and derive plausible solutions. The portability of health information would not only enhance medical response time, but would also ensure best care for the patient.
The primary objective is to create a single unified record, comprising of all the relevant patient health information, so that physicians would no longer have to make the best clinical decisions based on whatever information is available; EMRs can compile the complete medical history of the patient.
“The promise is that they’re going to help us deliver better care with better outcomes. But you can’t just have an EMR you have to learn to use the tools in the right way.” says Jon White, Director of Health Information Technology of the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
With applications such as Microsoft HealthVault, patients can manage their own personal health records, eliminating the need for transporting medical files to every new physician. However, the EMR is rapidly gaining popularity and very soon we would witness physicians and patients both well endowed with its usage.
As the age of mobile connectivity is upon us, most EMRs are interoperable with commonly used medical devices and equipments. Through utilization of integrated PACs, EMRs can virtually store patient test images for later retrieval or electronic sharing. Interfacing with labs and pharmacies allow for instant access to test results, adding convenience for both the physician and the patient by eliminating test duplication while saving time and money.
The EMR is effectively connecting the healthcare sector, enabling new channels of communication and collaboration. With its enhanced information decimation capability, information can be transmitted securely in an instant. EMRs have overcome most of the bottlenecks associated with healthcare, although its use still remains limited. The potential it offers however, presents a new age of patient care.