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One of the things that a lot of people have encountered is that their paperwork somehow gets misplaced. This can result in inaccuracies, delays, and headaches. Having electronic medical records eliminates paperwork entirely, and nothing can get misplaced since everything is in a centralized location. This allows people to get the care they need as soon as humanly possible. Regardless of whether it’s a prescription or information about a mental health billing service, none of the extremely important paperwork will be lost in the shuffle.
Just a few years ago, it was common to have to carry your medical records from one doctor to the other, or for a new doctor to call your old doctor to get your medical history. This included every medication that you were prescribed, as well as the amount. All of that is in the past. With electronic medical records, everything will show up in your medical history. Instead of dreading changing doctors because you don’t want to update them on your entire life, they’ll automatically get every bit of information when you go to see them.
This can lead, thankfully, to better care. It’s annoying to visit multiple doctors and have to undergo the same tests and procedures multiple times. It’s not only wasting your money, but it’s also wasting time for both you and your doctor. Electronic medical records will give your doctor a better idea of what’s going on, as well as what has been effective.
The availability of information is a huge advantage of electronic medical records. The next time you go to the doctor, pay attention to what the nurse is using. They’re no longer using a medical file to write down your information—they’re using an iPhone or an iPad. This allows everything to be read clearly and perfectly, with little to no room for error. They can also easily pass on the information quickly in the event of an emergency.
Not only does it provide benefits to the patients, but it provides benefits to the physicians, as well. Electronic medical records eliminates the need for staffers to file and retrieve documents. Physicians will also save a ton of money by not needing storage space for all the records. It’s estimated that some physicians have saved more than $20,000 in a single year just through electronic medical records alone.
It’s ironic that people are worried about electronic medical records not being secure when the older method wasn’t secure at all. Anyone could walk up, grab your file, and take a look. With electronic medical records, it’s not nearly as easy. The files are stored behind multiple safeguards to ensure that they’re as safe as possible. Only those with specific qualifications can access your records. Furthermore, it’s well documented who accesses your records, so if there’s ever any question as to who accesses it, that can be researched.
In the event that something was to happen, whether it’s a natural disaster, a fire, or any number of other things, electronic medical records will remain online. Through the old system, should something happen, those records are lost. The benefits were demonstrated on September 11th, 2001, as well as Hurricane Katrina, when medical records survived the attacks, minimizing lost information.
As you can see, electronic medical records offer many benefits. Not only are they infinitely more secure, they save money, and they benefit everyone involved. The next time you go to the doctor, ask if it’s possible to see your electronic medical record. You may be surprised at the amount of information that’s on there.
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