A Step Higher: The Rise of Electronic Medical Records

Traditional Medical RecordingThe field of medicine is known to acknowledge technological advancements and incorporate it into their practice. It is seen through advanced machinery and medical equipment to diagnose and treat patients. Aside from using advanced technology inside the operating room or for diagnosis, the medical field is also starting to make use of specialized software that would make their records easier to store and access.

Advancement of Medical Records

Advancement in medical records storage, the move from paper to paperless, is possible through software designed to help health professionals. The rise of Electronic Medical Records (EMR), however, is slowly changing the game. Doctors can now simply input their patients’ diagnosis, progress, and treatments easily. Such records can also be analyzed and access to the patients’ medical history is also possible. This makes storing important information more organized. A variant of EMR, speech recognition, is also in widespread use.

Fruits of Advancement

Both doctors and patients enjoy the fruits of such advancement. With the use of EMR, three major advantages have been noted: accuracy, convenience, and safety. A more accurate diagnosis, with minimal room for error, is possible through the help of a complete medical history. Different doctors can have access to the patient’s health records. This makes it more convenient for a patient who needs to consult with different doctors.

Lastly, aside from storing information. EMR can serve as a guide. Some software is equipped with the feature of “computing” treatments and medications that would suit the patient based on his or her health records. This could reduce the risk of allergies and problems from prescribing the wrong medication.

Truly, there are still rooms for improvement in the medical field. However, the current state of advanced medical recording mechanism seen as a good start for both health professionals and patients.