Electronic Medical Record Systems

Written by Anthony Tedesco
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Medical records are detailed accounts of all activities taken regarding a patient, as well as their entire medical history. This can lead to files becoming immense over time, and shelf space can come at quite a premium. Keeping these physical files to a minimum is best handled by incorporating electronic medical records into your practice.

Using EMRs as Your Practice's Standard

EMRs are created using special programs like Medisoft or Springcharts. These powerful software tools can keep track of thousands of records, and make the information available to anyone in the network without having to have pre-written versions created. Best of all, the information can be edited on-screen and be instantly available to anyone else needing to access the files.

Electronic medical records dramatically reduce the need for paper files, since all of the data can be made available on-screen. You can even set up your handheld to access the information while you are treating a patient, so you never have to leave the room or distract your staff to bring a file to you. In this regard, EMRs reduce the time your office spends on file management and helps treat more patients.

EMR software is inexpensive, especially when compared to the amount of time lost in trying to find paper files. Basic EMR management systems sell for under $300, while the more advanced packages go for closer to $1,000. Try demo versions of these suites to determine which is better for you.

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