When it comes to visiting the doctor, most patients are worried not only about their privacy but about the quality of their treatment when their medical information is passed from one healthcare provider to the next.
However, electronic medical software eases a few of those worries. Here’s how:
Electronic Medical Software Improves Patient Communication
As paper records start to go digital in doctors’ offices and hospitals across the country, most patients prefer the use of electronic medical software because they believe it improves the quality of the healthcare they receive.
In a study from the National Partnership for Women & Families, participants were assessed on how they trusted informational technology in the healthcare field. The survey revealed that most patients valued newer EMR, no matter how physicians utilized them in their practice.
In addition, 58.8% revealed that their doctor currently used an EMR. Overall, 88% to 97% of patients whose doctor used an EMR believed it was useful, taking into account patient communication and timely access to medical information.
In most circumstances, using electronic medical software will allow both physicians and nurses to spend more quality time with patients. When hospitals and doctors’ offices use paper records, staff members spend a large majority of their time performing administrative tasks when they could be caring for patients.
Even more time is spent manually searching for information in patient charts and waiting for paper-based lab results.
EMR Enhances Healthcare Security
In addition to improving patient-doctor visits, the basic use of an EMR will improve patient security across the board. While some patients may question the safety of using digital organization for medical records, the truth is that an EMR provides more security than transcribing information into a paper file.
With electronic medical software, staff access is limited on a need-to-know basis. Activity in the medical database is strictly monitored with controlled user access through password entry.
The benefit of password access to the software is that different staff members will be restricted in their levels of access; a doctor may have more access to private patient data, while nurses and medical assistants will be restricted from classified information.
When it comes down to it, the use of an EMR in a hospital or doctor’s office will not only expedite day-to-day processes to offer healthcare providers more time with patients, but it will conveniently organize all private medical records in one secure location. There are a host of other benefit’s to the providers.