Plus91 Technologies Pvt. Ltd.Title: An EMR EdgeAuthor: Amit Kumarhttp://www.plus91.inAn EMR EdgeBy- Amit KumarMost often, ...
Plus91 Technologies Pvt. Ltd.Title: An EMR EdgeAuthor: Amit Kumarhttp://www.plus91.inshould not be the goal but a by-produ...
Plus91 Technologies Pvt. Ltd.Title: An EMR EdgeAuthor: Amit Kumarhttp://www.plus91.inEfficiency and SupportWe have almost ...
Plus91 Technologies Pvt. Ltd.Title: An EMR EdgeAuthor: Amit Kumarhttp://www.plus91.inAbout Plus91:Plus91 is a Healthcare T...
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  1. 1. Plus91 Technologies Pvt. Ltd.Title: An EMR EdgeAuthor: Amit Kumarhttp://www.plus91.inAn EMR EdgeBy- Amit KumarMost often, a patients record is just a folder with the patients details and photographon the front cover and sheets of data recording previous visits inside. While some of thedata and prescriptions might be recorded in the hospitals legacy systems but otherdocuments would require a long hard search to locate them. Essentially, there is noconsolidation of a patients information to equip doctors to get a quick overview of thepatients health. Hence there should be a system in place with help of which, all thePatient’s information must be stored at a single point of contact and therefore need ofEMR is gradually increasing and in demand for such reasons.Basically EMR i.e. Electronic medical record is a computerized medical recordcreated in an organization that delivers care, and make records in an easy, safe andsmart way. An Electronic Medical Record is a secured electronic file of patient history,medical transcription notes, billing information, and all other information necessary tohave a complete patient profile. It is true that the electronic medical record is indicativeof a faster-paced informational age in which larger quantities of information requiremore effective database infrastructure, but there are many more benefits to both themedical service provider and the consumer. Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), orcomputer-based medical records of patients, have already gained importance in thewestern world with governments taking up initiatives to implement them across thenations. Comparatively, in Asia, esp. in countries like India and China, there is a longway to go before the benefits of EMRs can be realized.What is the reality in India? Firstly, a distinction between EHR and EMR – while bothrefer electronic version of records, EMR is limited to a specific institution or a group ofinstitutions, while EHR relates to a common platform that would allow disparateinstitutions in the private and government sector to share medical charts electronically(within strictly maintaining the privacy of patient records). The whole idea behind theEHR philosophy is to allow the chart to be portable between hospitals allowing greaterflexibility for patients and doctors. Given the volume of patients they see in a day, it ishard to imagine physicians taking time to make notes directly into the system. There isalso a stigma attached to doctors typing their own notes. But, like any other technologyor practice, EMR will not gain a foothold unless there are some incentives and/or somepenalties in the healthcare system.In spite of all the benefits that doctors glean from switching to EMRs, many physicianstend to drag their feet when it comes to EMRs because of the training and equipmentinvolved in using a new system around the office, therefore selling EMR packages ©2006-2011 Plus91 Technologies Pvt. Ltd
  2. 2. Plus91 Technologies Pvt. Ltd.Title: An EMR EdgeAuthor: Amit Kumarhttp://www.plus91.inshould not be the goal but a by-product. Software companies should first invest timeand effort to educate the customer. Then they need to sell the appropriate package if itis the right fit. We should rather not make a sale if it is not the right fit for the customerand keep his respect for ourselves and our company. Fortunately, some EMRcompanies have eliminated this obstacle by providing the equipment, training andcontinued customer support that doctors need to make electronic medical recordssuccessful in their practices.Benefits of Electronic Medical RecordsElectronic Medical Records can deliver multiple benefits to the various stakeholders inthe healthcare process. For patients, they simplify management of their medical historyacross multiple doctors, hospitals and other facilities. They also enable quick access andretrieval in case of an emergency. Risk of loss of valuable data is greatly reduced. Forhospitals and other healthcare providers – EMRs simplify the overall recordsmanagement process. For doctors, EMRs enable quick review of past history of apatient and aid in rapid diagnosis. They also enable a doctor to quickly forward anddiscuss a patient’s condition with a colleague or a specialist.Similarly, intelligent offline availability of these EMRs is also critical (especially inIndia) where internet adoption (especially amongst senior citizens) is not that high, andwhere internet availability is not reliable. Offline availability can be enabled throughstorage devices such as CDs, USB drives, etc. It is important that the offline usagescenario has the same user-friendly search and retrieval capability of the EMRs.Speed and Accessibility The business world of the 21st century is fast-paced, even in medical practices, speedequals ability to compete, especially when managing information. That is why anelectronic medical record system, or EMR, should be used by most medical practices. Inaddition, a fast electronic medical record system requires less time invested in troubleshooting and allows more time invested in caring for patients. The latest electronicmedical record technology allows information to be downloaded directly onto a PDA orPalm device. In addition to PDA access, authorized individuals can access an electronicmedical record online from any location.Storage and SecurityAn electronic medical record is an electronic database of information capable ofcarrying much more information than traditional systems. An electronic medical recordsystem can manage records from multiple offices as well as multiple types of records.This type of system secures records with backup files in case of emergencies. Inaddition, only authorized users may access them. This double security system is a"preventative medicine" for record viruses. ©2006-2011 Plus91 Technologies Pvt. Ltd
  3. 3. Plus91 Technologies Pvt. Ltd.Title: An EMR EdgeAuthor: Amit Kumarhttp://www.plus91.inEfficiency and SupportWe have almost made it full circle in our discussion of the benefits of having anelectronic medical record. But efficiency is not the same as speed. Efficiency takes all ofthe duties involved in medical record and medical office management divided by timeand money. Electronic medical record software can increase the numerators anddecrease the denominators. Businesses often ask about the bottom line. Well, the mathsays it all. Also both practices and patients can access customer support from a medicalbilling specialist provided through the electronic medical record software. Manageability and Affordability The benefits of an electronic medical record may sound wonderful, but there is one more question to ask: Is it user friendly? When adopting new technology, remember that the master needs to ride in the saddle, not the horse. Some technology requires so much attention that a business owner may be worried that he or she is now employed by the new technology and not the other way around. This is perhaps the most appealing part of the latest electronic medical record technology. Every business wants to save money while at the same time adopting time-saving technology. Because electronic medical record Technology should adapt to the software uses online technology, much provider not the other way around. of the set up costs and overhead are eliminated and reduced to monthly usage fees.So not only do the benefits make the transition to EMR a wise decision, it islikely that the demands and compliance will soon make it a mandate. Astechnology continues to improve, electronic medical records will have evenmore applications in the medical field. They will probably become fasterand easier to use as well. Making the transition now can help you takeadvantage of all the changes that occur. And, as you become more efficientand profitable in your Practice, you will be able to deliver better service andcare to your patients. ©2006-2011 Plus91 Technologies Pvt. Ltd
  4. 4. Plus91 Technologies Pvt. Ltd.Title: An EMR EdgeAuthor: Amit Kumarhttp://www.plus91.inAbout Plus91:Plus91 is a Healthcare Technology firm developing Innovative High Quality Solutionsfor the Indian Healthcare Industry. These vary in complexity from Simple PracticeManagement Suites to complicated Telemedicine Enabled EMRs. Plus91 is definingwhat the next generation of Healthcare needs to be. Maximized across locations, people,solutions and verticals; we cater to a growing mass of people in an integrated and everchanging environment.Disclaimer:All content of this Article is provided "AS IS." That means there is no warranty of anykind. This Article may have statements that talk about things that could happen in thefuture. These are called forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements as arule are not historical. They are subject to certain risks and doubts. These could causeactual results to differ greatly from our past outcomes. Plus91 makes no claim that theArticle and Blogs information is appropriate in any jurisdiction or that the productsdescribed in the Article and Blog will be available for purchase in all jurisdictions. ©2006-2011 Plus91 Technologies Pvt. Ltd

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