By injecting huge amounts of funds within the health IT industry, the US government is successfully automating healthcare. Roughly, $370 million was allocated to different
healthcare departments including the office of the National Coordinator for Information Health Care Technology, Department of Commerce for health care information integration activities, and Department of Health and Human Services. This huge funding explains the seriousness of the situation and the extent to which government is trying hard to modernize health care, with implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) as the stepping stone.
Moreover, government will be providing incentives to the physicians who will be meaningfully using the information technology. ‘Meaningful use’ is a relative term and different physicians take it differently. However, it is best described as the clinically correct way of using technology that will bring significant improvement in health care. The aim is to have physicians demonstrate healthcare in a meaningful manner in order to get the best health care results by bringing the errors to a mere low. Adoption of Electronic Medical Records will ensure that the medical community is following industry best practices and justifying it as well.
There are many studies that support the idea of having Electronic Medical Records. Recent studies indicate that EMR adoption doesn’t only improve the quality of health care provided, but also reduces the malpractice claims done by physicians and insurance companies. Equally important, it reduces the hassle of documenting everything on paper, brings down cost, and access health information from multiple locations. According to a study by Harvard, malpractices of physicians dropped from 11% to 6% once they implemented Electronic Medical Records.
However, this idea of electronic documentation was opposed by many physicians as they thought the application would require more bug fixing. For this reason, EMR Vendors are trying hard to make it user-friendly and usability oriented. Therefore, leading Electronic Medical Records Vendors have come up with all-in-one Cloud EMR technology that integrates Electronic Medical Records, Patient Portal, Medical Billing Services, and Practice Management Software. In most cases, these services are compatible with each other and therefore, could be accessed simultaneously from the same server.
Cloud EMR technology gives physicians the ease of always staying connected with their patients. This technology complies with the industry standards and ensures the protecting of the data. Certainly, Cloud EMR technology will bring about the expected changes in the way practice taken.