Electronic documentation facilitates activities in every area of life. You can access it from anywhere on Earth. It certainly facilitates the handling of official or e.g. medical matters. Are electronic medical records a cure for health care?
Electronic health records is a systematic collection of patient populations and electronically stored health information in a PDF file. This data can be shared in various healthcare settings. Records are made available through networked IT systems for enterprises or other information and exchange networks. EHR can include a range of data, including demographics, medical history, drugs and allergies, immunization status, laboratory results, radiographic images, vital signs, personal statistics such as age and weight, and billing information.
About 12 percent of healthcare expenditure is spent on keeping medical records. Medical documents are stored in files and folders, which causes difficulties in accessing and sharing information. This problem can be solved by means of electronic medical systems.
Difficulties in creating electronic systems
Building an electronic documentation system faces many difficulties: people, organizations and technological factors, as well as government agencies.
Data entry is cumbersome. Many computer recording systems are a nightmare in this respect – mainly due to their design. Often, forms require you to enter any information to continue, have very slow access to servers, or lose all saved work due to the whim of a computer. It often happens that entering information may take more time – because often I can not write during consultations (there is no computer that you can take with you between patients), and finally I write notes on paper anyway!
What does the digitization of documents do?
Without digitizing effects, doctors, hospitals, insurers, patients and the US government. Doctors will still need to review paper documentation if they do not digitize medical records. This allows errors and the time it takes to view paper files. Having systems provides the doctor with all necessary information about the patient at his fingertips.
Hospitals will be able to reduce the cost of maintaining administrative and medical records. Without the EMR system, mistakes are more common in this hospital. Having paper medical records is no longer a reality. Insurers will continue to have a delay in processing claims, while in the digital system, claims can be authorized in real time. Patients will not have access to online medical records and may cause errors in the medicines they need or are currently taking. Just like having paper medical records is no longer a reality.
What are the disadvantages of EHR?
The disadvantages of the EHR relate primarily to a number of factors, such as user issues, financial problems and design flaws, which create barriers to their use as an effective tool for providing healthcare services.
- lost productivity (One of the main complaints resonating in all types of healthcare organizations is related to a decrease in productivity),
- lack of interoperability (one of the main barriers to interoperability is the fact that hundreds of proprietary EHR systems or medical devices on the market do not easily share data.)