EMR Protects the Environment.
It's about time that the health industry stops contributing to the destruction of trees and step into the electronic age. EMR is a solution that reduces human resource costs and the carbon footprint.
Healthcare can be very expensive not just from a user standpoint but a provider as well. It is not the equipment or medication costs that are a major concern but the administrative. With the preservation of the environment and reducing the carbon footprint being just one of the catalysts for change, advancements in technology are moving fast to create paperless societies.
Prior to the introduction of EMR, thousands of trees were being sacrificed so that the medical representative at the health centre, hospital or private clinic could complete a paper form with all the details of a patient. This form of recording medical data posed many challenges with the inefficiency of data retrieval being one of them. It is a tedious process, prone to human errors that reduce efficiency of a practice. Now the use of paper is being eliminated and going paperless has never been easier with EMR.
Even with the best paper filing system in the world, medical records can still get lost. Those neatly labeled manila folders with the patients name and information in alphabetical order are prone to go missing whenever they are needed the most. This causes a major inconvenience not just to the health provider but the patient as well. With EMR data retrieval is virtually right at the finger tips. What this means is that overall efficiency of the services provided will be improved because patients can get faster access to care and doctors can be well informed of each individual patient at the right time to make decisions.
Storage issues arise out of the use of paper filing. Files can become bulky and difficult to store. File rooms and vaults can only hold so much before nothing else can be added. In the health industry it isn't that easy to just dispose of medical records for the purpose of creating space. EMR is the solution to this problem because it requires storage about the size of a computer chip. It also requires less human resources to operate and use. While in the past several employees may be handling different processes with paperwork, with EMR the person that inputs the draw data can extract and so much more.
EMR handles all the functions of a practice such as scheduling, charting, billing, prescribing, lab results and even referrals. It is the option that cuts down on the time it takes to upload and access this information. Using the system can also provide the practice with CMS incentives. The paperless era has dawned and the best management solution to the practice is EMR. Users not only gain a more efficient practice from implementation but also greater control over financial activities as well. It is the solution that will make you wonder why paper was used in the first place.
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