You already know how important computer and software systems are in delivering healthcare, especially from the perspective of improving employee productivity and treating more patients more effectively. That’s true in a general sense, but not all healthcare providers have insight into a particular type of software used in hospitals, practices and clinics all across the country—electronic health care record or EHR software.
Your organization has been putting up with outdated electronic health record software, or you have come to realize that your EHR is just not very sophisticated, making it unsuited for your current workflow requirements.
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By now, leadership in your medical organization is starting to conclude that there are more problems than benefits in continuing to use paper-based records and it is time to make the switch to electronic health records. While some practices can manage to get by using old-fashioned paper, the drawbacks can no longer be ignored. Paper records are simply too insecure and it is becoming increasingly difficult to justify using this outdated method of maintaining patient files.
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are a vital component of most medical practices in today’s digital age. Making the transition from a paper-based system to digital can improve not only the quality of work for your employees but the experience of your patients. However, EHRs are not always perfect.
Most people in healthcare have heard of Health Level 7 (HL7) but not all may be familiar with it on a super-technical level. Still, most at least know HL7's needed for interfacing different healthcare-related systems, and that they'd only want to implement software that is HL7-compliant.
You and fellow stakeholders at your medical organization have done your due diligence and determined that now is the time to switch over from an antiquated paper-based system for handling patient information and are now ready to deploy Electronic Health Records software. However, before you choose a vendor and EHR system to install, there are potential issues that you should be aware of. In particular, it’s prudent to consider security problems, reductions in data flow, the need for extra staff training and the prospect of slowdowns for novices when inputting the patient data in the first place.
The Electronic Medical Record The electronic medical record (EMR) has been evolving from the early days before the technology revolution took off after the turn of the century. The federal mandate that took effect on January 1, 2014, required the medical world to begin using electronic medical records for "meaningful use" as outlined by the mandate.