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The Importance Of Reporting In Your EMR

Posted Jun 23 2010 8:00am

We know the basics of the EMR:  an EMR or electronic medical record is a computerized record created in hospitals and other medical institutions. This system allows storage of data in a format that can be easily retrieved and manipulated when required. Implementation of this system will increase the quality and cost of medical care by decreasing the errors and by reducing the time taken for each treatment.

One of the key advantages in an EMR is electronic reporting.  Reporting in your records in an EMR has many advantages, some of which are discussed below:

Reduced Paperwork

EMR allows the storage of a large quantity of data in one place and can replace paper charts. Though many doctors still use paper records, it is often a challenge to find a particular record stored in the paper format in a filing cabinet. EMR takes care of all these issues by filing all the records in a single location for easy and timely accessibility. This will not only reduce the time taken for treatment, but also reduce the medical errors caused by lost or misplaced data.

Additionally, the state and federal reporting mandates that we all live under are considerable.  We currently have hundreds of different reports that must be fed to different outside sources.  Everything from H1N1 numbers, to health information exchanges, to Meaningful Use requirements are included.  Having an easy way to gather this data (without having to employ people to tabulate manually) is a huge advantage.

Eliminate Redundancy

With the implementation of EMR in all hospitals, the medical history and all records of the patient will have to be entered only once and shared by multiple institutions. This will also save the patients the hassle of repeating personal information many times and also make sure that any vital information about the patient is not missed by caregivers.

Complete Documentation

Recording the data in an EMR will give access to the complete information about the patient, including family history, allergies, past and present conditions, medications, and any other details that are required by doctors.

Education Of Patients And Graphical Representation

Doctors will be able to better educate the patients with the help of online literature. Thus test results can be shown to the patients in a graphical format, which is easily understandable by the patients.

Decreases Medical Errors

Paper records are responsible for causing errors due to illegible writing or due to the misplacement of data during transportation. The cost of storing, maintaining, and transferring patient records from one location to another involves additional costs. EMR makes transferring your reports easier. This is especially useful if you decide to move your records to another practice.

Convenient For Doctors

Doctors do not have enough time to go through bundles of medical records, and having your records in an EMR makes things convenient for patients, physicians as well other medical personnel. Also, the time saved in the retrieval of paper records can be utilized to provide more quality care to patients.

Monitoring And Decision Making

EMR systems offer monitoring by analyzing the recorded patient data and predicting the course of events like tests or ordering medications from the pharmacy. Thus the concept of relying on manual reminders is over. With the help of EMR, you can rely on electronic reminders that will manage your reports and remind you about the necessary treatment.

Updates Easily Available

By using the EMR, patient data as well as new information about drugs and treatments available can be added and doctors can provide more updated treatments as soon as it is available. Also, information about the patient’s insurance coverage can help doctors decide which drug and treatment to use to maximize the benefits available.

Electronic data can also be useful for conducting surveys, statistical evaluation in clinical studies, or even for disease surveillance by public health authorities.

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