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Gone are the days when doctors would sieve through file cabinets looking for a patient’s record, to what some would call a waste of time and hospital resources. That method proved to be inefficient and a clear time waster. Today, there is a mass exodus from old record keeping to the use of electronic medical records systems in domestic and global hospitals.

Healthcare providers at many physician practices and health systems across the United states, rely on EMR’s to give a seamless use of critical data to the patient, family members and medical team. EMR’s have become the golden boy and poster child for the debate on hospital care information. The advantages are obvious, access is easier, patient tracking is also easier. Health care providers also credit the rise in EMR’s for efficiency in tailored patient care and appointment scheduling.

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The advocates and critics, if left to decide, will bring up numerous points on the pros and cons of EMR’s in the medical space. One notable con of EMR’s is the possibility of many health care providers losing funding if they don’t adopt this system. Critics view this as a way to force federal administration on private institutions who follow their own processes. No suprise here, but critics also see grave security dangers and the potential of hacking and exposing user information with the proliferation of EMR’s in healthcare administration. As one learning more about EMR’s and how they can be beneficial in the hospital care system, here are some highlights on the pros of adopting this recording system

 

According to US News and World Report, here are some of the Pros and Cons of adopting EMR’s in the healthcare system.

Pros

Improved Data Recording

With electronic medical records, errors made in spelling mistakes or poor number recording from handwriting can be eliminated. EMR’s also allow for more information on a patient to be included in a database without the limits of paper space.

Enhanced Communication and engagement

These days, families, patients and medical teams can access patients information through smartphones and mobile devices. This way looking up medical history and lab results, just became easier.

To learn more about EMR’s and their pros and cons, visit the US News and World Report article here