EMRs for improving quality of care: Promise and Pitfalls

emr adoptionElectronic Medical Records (EMRs) software have undoubtedly improved quality of healthcare to a great extent. Back in the times, doctors used to record all the patient data manually. The process was painstakingly slow and obsolete. EMRs changed all of that. Practitioners can now focus less on doing the manual labor work and instead concentrate on delivery quality healthcare.

This technology offers a lot of promise but like any other product, has some problems as well. Let’s try to decode what are those areas and what can be done to improve them.

Efficient workflow

EMR software have definitely improved physicians workflow to a great extent. Now they do not need to search for a specific report for hours in their clinic and can just log on to their system to access the data they are looking for.

More compliance

The field of Information Technology has also allowed the world of medical science to keep itself updated with regulatory bodies and any changes in the legal framework. Earlier on, it was difficult and cumbersome for doctors to implement new changes.

Data analysis

EMR software also make it possible for doctors to critically analyze their practice and see what are the problem areas. They can see meaningful data in the form of electronic charts and other visual tools. Before the advent of EMR, data analysis at a glimpse was virtually impossible.

Data security

In the recent past, where EMR software have helped in improving data security a lot, the fact of the matter is, it is Information Technology at the end of the day and is prone to security leaks. Recently, many practices have faced this issue and the government is working hard to make it 100% fool proof.

These were some of the promises and problem areas EMR software bring with them. Since the goods outnumber the bad ones, it is imperative that this is the new way forward for the industry.

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