A lot of governments resources, busy legislators and congress discussions, evolve with hectic discussions about health. Health was and remains a central issue employing them all, influencing day to day lives.
What happened after Hurricane Katrina? Not many people know this but until now, many months after the storm subsided, hundreds of thousands of residents of the stricken area in New Orleans and the Gulf - still can not obtain medical information about themselves under medical care.
The reason is simple: the U.S. medical records are based on the traditional briefcase containing stacks of papers. These cases (of residents of New - Orleans) just washed into the ocean.
Hence, in the case of necessary medical care to each of them, doctors will have to make decisions based on a feeling, a hunch, and perhaps memory.
Indeed, a scenario like the Katrina storm is quite rare, but can you ignore the following things provided by Congress spokesman: "It's very simple, paper-based medical records are killing people every day. Every year approximately 100,000 Americans die due to medical errors, mostly due to faulty documentation or faulty interpretation of medical information and paperwork. Mortality causes damage to the American economy of 30 billion dollars a year. However, research has shown that compared with patients undergoing electronic medical records - reduced errors in 85%.
What happens in the field? Apparently the U.S. health care industry is the only American industry that still relies on paperwork. The bottom line is: paper kills. Electronic Health Records is a lifesaver.
American Health bodies assign resources in editing studies, alternatives analysis, clarification of technologies, especially - to understand why EMR/EHR systems, which cause a significant transformation in other industries, are still unable to reach the healthcare industry.
There is a great saying in the U.S: "If you do not get HIT you will be hit!". Which means: If you switch to HIT Health Information Technology, which is basically an electronic medical records software you will get hit (…) in other ways!
What is really behind the saying "Paperwork kills and must be replaced with electronic health records"? Paper based medical files can be partial, fragmented, difficult to read, sometimes even hard to find.
With facts do not argue:
A. Paper-based medical records is beginning to disappear and should disappear from the world. Paperwork is killing, we agreed!
B. EMR - Electronic Medical Records are gradually become standard.
C. These computerized medical records are in the process of "expansion" EHR-Electronic Health Records: not only classical medical issues but also nursing, dietary, social, and therapy issues.
Here are a few of the benefits of Electronic Health Records:
Daily practical level:
Therapeutic level of service provision
- Single source of information, updated and accurate
- Information accessible to many different factors (subject to permissions)
- Information is available at any time and sometimes everywhere
- No need for storage volume (archive)
- Improving documentation quality (legible, organized, complete)
- Better communication with the patient
- Quality improvement due to therapy protocols, reminders and other tools
- Improving the management of medication
- Fewer mistakes, fewer omissions
Revenue and profit level
- Reduced hours of work cost
- Eliminating the need for photos and printing forms
- Reducing insurance premiums for negligence therapy (Malpractice)
Level of management efficiency
- More accurate and complete billing
- Ability to expand revenue with it services
- Ability to perform more operations yield
That's it. All is written clearly.
The purpose of an EMR software is defined as improving the quality of care by creating a computerized mechanism that allows the retrieval and presentation of data from medical records without the need for a renewed gathering of information wherever a treatment is needed.
This is clearly a huge investment, but the health system will perform administrative management, medical and health management on an ongoing basis.
In conclusion, I wish to add my personal experience in this field from the past 15 years:
Implementing electronic health care systems enhances the professional pride of the various medical teams. Work becomes more organized, they can focus on the treatment itself and less in office work of filling countless forms, or middling in files.
- Less moving paperwork (expense portfolio's return)
- Simultaneous access of several factors case
- Search documents reducing time
- Improving communications office
- Regulatory compliance