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Sep 01

Who wants an Electronic Medical Record?

Who wants an EMR (1 of 1)Every patient and carer wants their healthcare provider to have access to the best technology, tools and information possible to manage their care. Even if patients do not always know what the “best” represents, healthcare services delivery benefits from the assistance of technology.  So why is the uptake in electronic medical records (EMR) within an institution and business slow? I was recently asked who wants an electronic medical record? I responded enthusiastically, the administrators, healthcare providers and the patients. I was shocked when they disagreed. They felt the decision makers on the purchase of the EMR have greater concerns about cost, privacy and time to achieve ROI which outweigh the benefits of technology.

3 ways EMR can make a difference now to your business

  • Improve the quality of the services provided. Patients, health care and treatment and complex technologies help to minimize this complexity with access to the right information and tools.
  • Maximize patient safety; medication decision support is a MUST for all healthcare professionals, patients and carers.
  • Set you apart in the marketplace as an innovator

3 things you will need to address to make the most of this opportunity

  • Ensure you have privacy and security policies and procedures in place.
  • The technology you purchase must meet your needs and have the ability to grow with you as your needs and your client needs grow and expand.
  • Market what you are doing to your clients, they will love it.

Practice and financial management systems implementations have far outweighed electronic medical records as they provide tangible benefits such as cost savings.  The intangible benefits of technology in the improvement of quality of care and patient safety have to have a higher impact on the decision to purchase as we move forward.  Forbes reported in October 2015, that “medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease (1st) and cancer (2nd). Additionally, a 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) study, “The Healthcare Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes”, indicated that of the $2.5 trillion spent on domestic healthcare costs in 2009, $765 billion (or 30%) was attributable to preventable costs”.

An Electronic Medical Record (especially with medication decision support) is a MUST HAVE not a nice to have as we move forward in healthcare as we need to do everything we can to reduce preventable errors and improve the quality of care.

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