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Manage Your Medical Records With Your iPhone

Are there no limits to the iPhone? Every time you turn around it seems there is a new application for this amazing device; just yesterday they released a program that would feed your pets for you while on vacation. In all seriousness, some of these programs are pretty incredible.  There is a program called ColorHelper, assisting those with colorblindness identify colors. For example, if the device were pointed at a dresser drawer, ColorHelper will identify all socks that are red.

 

The number of applications being developed for the iPhone is baffling, and while some of these are “just for fun,” a majority are designed to make life easier. You can find software to manage everything from your golf game to your holiday shopping list.

 

While you certainly don’t want to forget Aunt Susie this Christmas, perhaps it is more important to remember to take your blood pressure medication. Or, Heaven forbid, you are traveling and fall ill, it would be advantageous to have your medical information handy. Your medical records are invaluable and it makes sense to have immediate access to this information. No surprise; there’s an iPhone application for that too!

 

It would be convenient if there was a giant database that stored everyone’s medical information, easily accessible with a touch of a button or a click of a mouse. Unfortunately, in the United States the concept of electronic medical records (EMR), or electronic health records (EHR) are implementing slowly. A majority of health care providers still manage paper offices. Companies like e-MDs, based in Austin, TX, are leading the charge in providing integrated EHR and practice management solutions; though it may take some time until a universal system becomes reality. Just think, your childhood immunization record may be stored in a filing cabinet where you attended elementary school. An extreme example, but it illustrates the potential difficulty in accessing your personal medical record.

 

While we wait for the health care industry to catch the digital wave, you now have the option of managing your own medical records.  To start, simply request them from your current and previous doctors.  You may need to fill out a form, perhaps pay a small fee.  Once the documents are in hand, you will need to transfer the information to digital format, a small investment of your time for portable health.  Google Health has been innovative in creating a system that will help you manage your electronic medical records online, but software developed for the iPhone allows for portability of this vital information.

 

xCube Labs has created the application Health n Me Pro for your iPhone, available for download from the iTunes store for $2.99. My Life Record PMR, from Life Record Inc., is available for download for $49.99 and allows you to manage up to twelve patient records (you can manage your entire family for example). Both applications were designed with privacy in mind and will assist you in first obtaining your records, then filing them electronically, and using advanced features for managing them. You are able to manage and organize emergency contact info, medical charts and x-rays, medications, lab results, appointments—the list goes on. With ease you can share information securely.

 

Applications for the iPhone continue to advance, but more importantly, become more useful. It seems as soon as the need arises, an iPhone application is developed to fill it. When it comes to organizing and managing your personal health record, software similar to the examples mentioned above allow the access of your personal health information to be in your control at the touch of a button.

About Author
Helen Walker. e-MDs is a leading developer of healthcare software solutions. e-MDs Solution Series? is the standard for affordable and integrated EHR and practice management solutions, including clinical, financial and document management modules.

A Big Win for Proponents of Electronic Medical Records

It’s believed EMRs improve physician and overall hospital efficiency, reduce costs, and promote standardization of care. It is also suspected that they reduce medical errors and ultimately increase the quality of care. Researchers from Harvard have just released a study that may be the first real proof that electronic medical records have an advantage over traditional paper systems.

The benefits surrounding the universal adoption of electronic medical records seem obvious, but until recently, there have been limited ways to illustrate them. A research body from Harvard has just released a study showing that electronic medical records offer a substantial advantage over traditional paper systems.  As more healthcare providers are introduced to medical management software, the term EMR (electronic medical record) is becoming a household term. It may also be called an EHR (electronic health record) or PHR (patient health record).  An EMR is essentially a patient’s medical chart in digital format. It includes information for each patient concerning demographics, insurance carrier, prescription records, test results, medical history, progress notes, and so on. It also includes identifiers to locate the digital record in a database, and with proper authorization, may be accessed from any point in a healthcare facility or offsite.

 It is believed EMRs increase physician efficiency, reduce costs, promote standardization, improve the quality of care and reduce medical errors. Though they have been around for nearly 30 years, it is estimated roughly 10% of health care facilities utilize a comprehensive medical management software system. With such a small sample size, realized benefits have been difficult to present. In 2006, Business Week published a story on the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Buffalo, New York. In the mid-1990s, they installed the most extensive electronic medical records system in the U.S. Staff and patients believe this revolutionized the hospital, decreasing the amount of errors and increasing the quality of care. 

A recent Harvard study indicates that utilizing electronic medical records, or electronic health records, may reduce malpractice claims. The study showed that 6.1% of physicians who use EMRs have endured a malpractice lawsuit, compared to 10.8% who used traditional paper charts.  In the United States, an estimated 100,000 deaths occur every year due to medical errors.  These medical errors are often the result of miscommunication, transcription errors, adverse drug reactions and incomplete patient medical records. EHRs ensure physicians have immediate and universal access to a patient’s full medical history, and improve communication between primary care physicians, specialists, nurses, and other health care workers to avoid costly mistakes.

 According to The Industry Standard, lead researcher Steven Simon, MD, MPH, says, “The results of this study indicate that preventing medical malpractice claims may be another compelling reason for physicians, practices and policy-makers to forge ahead with efforts toward universal adoption and optimal usage of electronic health records.” 

Simon and his team are just one group of individuals hard at work promoting the universal adoption of EMRs. The VA hospital in Buffalo is prime example of the successful transition to a practice management system. Companies like e-MDs are hard at work supporting this movement with revolutionary medical management software. Congressmen Peter Stark is leading the way with his Health-e Information Technology Act of 2008 introduced in the House this past September.  

 As the number of supporters increases, hopefully awareness and funding will follow.  The benefits of EMRs will be further realized over time and with universal adoption.

About Author
Helen Walker. e-MDs is a leading developer of medical management software solutions. e-MDs Solution Series is the standard for affordable and integrated EHR,EMR, and practice management software.

Electronic Medical Records Help to Reduce Errors And Risks

Keeping patient health records as electronic medical records helps the hospitals in providing timely and quality patient care as well as aids in proper health payment systems. EMR replaces paper documentation and assist in creating paperless office where the administration works will not take huge amount of time and effort.

The hospitals, facility centers, clinics, group practitioners and individual practitioners can save the expenditures they incur due to tedious administrative task where it requires patient records to be filled manually. The advent of EMR facilitates proper centralization of medical record keeping where it provides anytime anywhere access.

Electronic medical records help to reduce errors as well as risks faced by hospitals, clinics, patient care centers and insurance companies. The chances of making errors while entering the details into paper documents and transcription workflow process are high in manual patient health record maintenance. But this case is entirely different while using electronic medical records.

Feeding the patient data into paper records has to be done manually and most carefully by administrative staff or nurses, even a single careless mistake done by them will cause huge loses to hospitals and clinics. EMR helps in reducing errors through manual input or manual handling of patient data.

Missing patient reports leads to chaos in hospital atmosphere, disputes between patient and doctor, legal accusations, claims and loss of patients’ medical treatment payments to hospitals and insurance companies. If a physician relocates his facility or dies there is a huge chance that the patient records get misplaced or lost. EMR helps physicians in avoiding missing patient medical report problems and aids in reducing risks and errors.

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Electronic Medical Records More Prevalent Now

The medical industry has changed significantly over the past decade. One of the major changes is that many medical offices are moving from paper to electronic medical records. There are also a number of practice management software packages available to medical practitioners. This makes their lives easier, but what does it mean for patients? To understand the answer to that question, it is first important to understand what an electronic medical records system is.

 

Generally EMRs, electronic medical records, and EHRs, electronic health records, are synonymous. These systems keep track of medical information. These systems keep medical records stored in a central location so that they can be made available to pharmacies, specialists and other providers. What this means for the patient is that medical care is becoming more portable.

 

President Bush created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in 2004. This office was headed by David Brailer in the beginning. Brailer addressed interoperability issues and established a National Health Information Network (NHIN). Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) have been established under the ONC in many states for the purpose of promoting the sharing of health information. Currently, Congress continues to create legislation to increase funding for these programs and programs like them.

 

Moving from paper systems to EMRs is a process that is still in the beginning stages within the medical community. It is a work in progress. Many concerns exist, and privacy is one of those concerns. While a moving to an EMR would potentially give many providers, pharmacists and other medical professionals access to a patient’s records, these records are kept very secure. The adoption of electronic medical  records systems is clearly what the future holds, from a technology as well as legislative standpoint. In the end, the patient benefits because it is easier to fill prescriptions, transfer records and receive consistent care than with paper systems.

 

While the public and the medical community waits for all paper records to be transferred to EMRs, there is an online resource available to help patients manage their own health records and be proactive about their healthcare. According to Google, Google Health “puts you in charge of your health information.” The service, which is safe, secure and free, enables patients to “organize all health information in one place,” “gather medical records from doctors, hospitals and pharmacies,” “keep doctors up-to-date about your health,” and “be more informed about important health issues.” This is all part of a larger trend in which patients are becoming more pro-active in managing their health.

 

As medical records systems continue to move from paper to electronic, look for the ability of systems to communicate with each other to also become important.  As the patient, you will benefit because of the portability of electronic health records and you will no doubt benefit from the increased continuity-of-care that they can offer.

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Denis Maine: For more information on Electronic medical records please visit www.e-mds.com

Government Support Key to Adoption of Electronic Medical Records

An electronic medical record (EMR) or electronic health record (EHR) replaces the traditional paper chart for patients. It’s believed that health care facilities that use EHR systems deliver more efficient and higher quality care. In today’s digital age, electronic medical records are certainly the wave of the future. However, proponents of universal adoption are still frustrated by the rate at which they are being implemented.  According to a study just released by the National Center for Health Statistics, only 38.4% of physicians reported using a full or partial EMR system. This data is similar to what the Commonwealth Fund reported this year, that only 28% of physicians in the United States use an EMR (compared to 89% in Britain, and 98% in the Netherlands).

 EMR supporters hope that increased involvement by the government will help speed things along. President-elect Barak Obama has endorsed EMRs, and their adoption is a key part of his $50 billion dollar health care reform plan. In a radio address on December 6th,  President-elect Obama stated, “We will make sure that every doctor’s office and hospital in this country is using cutting edge technology and electronic medical records so that we can cut red tape, prevent medical mistakes, and help save billions of dollars each year.”

 President-elect Obama has also appointed former-Senator Tom Daschle as Secretary of Health and Human Services. He also intends to nominate Daschle to lead a new White House Office of Health Reform, with Jeanne Lambrew as his deputy. This is encouraging because the two co-authored (with Scott Greenberger) a groundbreaking book on health care reform titled Critical: What We Can Do About the Health Care Crisis. One of the main ideas Daschle and Lambrew present (and show support of) is the adoption of EMRs.

 Even before the election, government support of EMRs was brewing. In September of 2008, Representative Peter Stark (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Health subcommittee, introduced the Health-e Information Technology Act of 2008.  The bill requires the government to create standards for an interoperable electronic health record system, and to create such a system by a certain date. It includes incentives to drive the adoption of such a system, as well as measures to protect the privacy of patients.

 No doubt, this is a massive undertaking requiring an enormous amount of resources. One positive is that the government won’t have to start from scratch. Other countries have successfully implemented similar systems, and there is company right here on U.S. soil leading this initiative. If an EMR is to provide a comprehensive solution for today’s practice environment, there must be an integrated set of clinical and practice management applications. The product should streamline workflow efficiency, improve adherence to treatment standards, provide detailed financial practice analysis, enhance patient education and interaction, and optimize compliance with regulatory and managed care guidelines. e-MDs, a software company based in  Austin, TX, is one of the only companies that currently provides such a comprehensive medical management software, with their revolutionary Solution Series.  

Supporters can only hope that an increased government focus will hasten the universal adoption of EMRs. With President-elect Obama on board, a dedicated aggressive Congress, and companies like e-MDs showing us the way, we are on the right track.

About Author
Helen Walker. e-MDs is a leading developer of healthcare software solutions. e-MDs Solution Series? is the standard for affordable and integrated EHR and medical management software.

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