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Health Care Can go Digital With an EHR System

The progress in technology can be seen in every area of our lives. One area where significant advances have been made is in the field of medicine. What is unique about this field is that compared to how rapidly technology is evolving in some areas, the paper-based management system used in most care centers seems archaic. 

 In the medical field there is an enormous collection of data that is required, and many argue that it is impossible to manage and/or preserve all this data on paper. The information contained on a single paper chart is invaluable, yet paper so fragile. Even a spilled cup of coffee can equal disaster. The integrity of a paper record can suffer with continued use or extended storage (and data like x-ray film may not stand the test of time). Hand-written information on a paper chart can also be difficult to read, leading to misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment, and billing errors. The sheer amount of data that needs to be collected also makes it difficult to maintain organization. A single misplaced sheet can cause major problems. Finally, storing so many records costs time and money, as does transporting them. 

 If the technology exists to keep a human heart beating, surely a solution to these issues does as well? Indeed it does, and is known as an electronic medical record (EMR). This is nothing but a medical record present in digital format. In the world of health informatics, an EMR is considered one type of the several electronic health records (EHR) that are available, but often, EMR and EHR are considered synonymous.  A digital record can be easily interpreted, updated, duplicated, transported, and cannot easily be destroyed. EMRs can save time, money, and increase the overall quality of care.

  If a patient’s chart in a digital format solves the challenges of the traditional paper version, why haven’t more health care centers adopted EMRs? Many fear the upfront costs and potential loss of productivity during a transition. But, the reason may be that an electronic medical record by itself is not enough. Recording test results or an x-ray electronically is a significant evolution in technology, but the EMR needs to be fully integrated with the rest of the processes carried out by any given health care provider, such as coding or billing. Rather than just an EMR, what is needed is EHR system, where an EMR is an integral part of practice management software or medical management software. 

Austin-based e-MDs, leading developer of healthcare software solutions, is paving the way with their Solution Series™, considered the standard for affordable and integrated EHR and practice management software solutions. More than just digitizing a paper chart, the software includes document management, clinical, and financial modules to automate medical practice processes and the management of EMRs. Solution Series™ is a comprehensive EHR system that incorporates, and vastly improves upon, all systems and processes that are currently paper-based. 

 With the obvious advantages an upgrade in technology offers, the public is eagerly awaiting (and our government encouraging) the transition to the universal adoption of EMRs. With e-MDs Solution Series™, the technology now exists to support all processes involved with providing care with a true EHR system. By eliminating hurdles and providing comprehensive support needed to make such a radical change, e-MDs hopes to bring medical practices from the stone-age into the digital age.  

About Author
Helen Walker. e-MDs is the developer of Solution Series acaE the standard for an affordable and integrated EMR system and practice management software.

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