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Benefits of switching to the EMRElectronic medical records
There has been considerable evolution in the health care industry during the
recent past. Health information technologies have started invading the medical
segment, giving rise to innovative devices and tools that serve medical
professionals – the latest one that has found widespread use among physicians and
care facilities being Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Software !

Need for EMR Software in the Modern Health Care Scenario
The replacement of paper-based patient medical records by Electronic
Medical Records is nearing completion. The transition from paper-based
medical record maintenance to the digital medical information management
has been justified by various exclusive advantages offered by this modern
medical information technology. A few have been discussed below:

 Limitation of the paper records: Hand-written paper records are at
times illegible, unsuitable to be shared among different specialties or
providers, expensive to store and copy, and are easily destroyable
 Need to improve productivity and efficiency: Electronic medical
records software help easy storage and retrieval of sensitive and
personal medical data of patients, they help in eliminating duplication
of tests and redundancy of information; they enable saving of over
13% of the cost of testing. By using EMR Software, it is possible to
improve practice work flow and enhance overall office productivity


Patient Safety & Care Quality: Clarity of notes, reduced duplication,
reminders and alerts, easy access to information from anywhere and
at anytime are the factors that lead to patient safety and better care
quality

How Patients are benefited by EMR Usage
 Better diagnosis and treatment that ensure safety of patients
 Errors are almost avoided in medical records
 Quick and perfect decision making and faster care
Benefits of EMR Software to Medical Practices
 Easy and quick transfer of patients’ health information among
departments or different facilities
 Reduced storage space
 More number of patients can be seen when medical records are
digitized
 Improved patient care facilitated by error-free documentation
 Saving in costs and time
 Scalable and customized EMRs that can grow with the practice
 Advanced e-billing and e-prescribing processes
 Better collection and improved bottom line achieved through accurate
billing
Clinical Advantages that lead to increasingly more EMR adoption
Several advantages can be reaped by adopting the state-of-the-art EMR
Software System; a few of the clinical benefits have been discussed below:

 Convenient and easy access to clinical information
 Bulky paper records that are hard to store and retrieve are eliminated
– EMR are easy to manage
 Effective clinical work flow can be maintained
 Stronger support for making better decisions
 Meaningful use and participation in other quality programs such as
 patient-centered medical home
 Seamless interaction with other hospitals, labs, and pharmacies
With public demand and governmental mandates requiring adoption of the digital
mode of medical record management and fast growing digital interrelatedness of
the medical industry, the extensive growth and wide-spread use of EMR Software
is almost inevitable!

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