Electronic Medical Records

Written by Norene Anderson
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Electronic medical records are rapidly taking the place of shelves filled with paper documents. Have you needed a patient record for an emergency call and had to go from one desk to another, searching for it? It may be in the dictation stack or maybe it is waiting for insurance to be filed. By the time you have tracked it down, you have wasted precious time dealing with an issue for the patient.

It is quick and easy to locate any patient information with the use of electronic medical records. All it takes is a few keystrokes and everything you need about any patient is available on the screen. Patient history, all appointments, lab results, insurance filing status, and any other aspect of the medical information are easily accessible. It is no longer necessary to thumb through pages of paper information when a query of a few words will locate all related information.

Benefits of Electronic Medical Records

Software packages are available that are specifically designed for medical specialties. Templates can be customized to fit the examination and dictation style of any physician. This makes data entry quick and easy. Patient history is easy to track and all pertinent patient data is available on one screen. It is also possible to include a picture of the patient or any pertinent photos related to a procedure.

Electronic medical records make it possible to have a graph of all vital signs compiled from one visit to the next to show any changes or irregularities. It is easy to keep a record of all phone encounters with a patient. Keeping accurate records of some patients' medications is almost impossible with handwritten notes. Electronic software can keep all medication and dosage in a format easily accessible for addition or changes.


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