The adoption of Electronic Medical Records has received both acceptance and rejection from physicians who have been using paper charts since they started working at a practice. Generally, a majority of providers have embraced the use of EMRs at their practices regardless of their opinion about it. This adoption is usually based more on the type of practice rather than the specific version of EMR, but nevertheless there is a lack of consistency of EMR compatibility as some work best for some doctors while other versions are increasingly problematic for other doctors. Research suggests that the cause for this consternation by doctors is the transformation of the basic fundamentals of EMRs over the last couple of decades.
Previously, medical records were seen and developed for the use and possession of doctors. This has changed as now the possession of electronic medical records is increasingly shifting over to the patients. For doctors, the implementation and widespread use of EMRs means that the heaps of files and folders given to a young medical student for processing are now diminished to a less time-taking method of working on an EMR software. With this happening, the records do not need to be physically kept with the doctor or the patient but can be accessed by both as well as other parties involved based on the permission and authorization of the patient since they are in fact that patients’ medical records.
Still, with the increased adoption rates of Electronic Health Records, there are numerous vendors offering different types of EMR software which makes it harder for doctors to come up to speed with the EMR software as each works in a different manner. The utter and complete standardization of EMRs will remove this hurdle and the implementation of a single type of EMR that all doctors would be pre-trained will work wonders in the overall acceptance of the EMR software.
The adoption of EMRs also poses a certain liability for care providers as a record to prove care accountability. Now, doctors are liable to provide the best care quality and patients have the means to show if they really did receive quality care or not.
Overall, the implementation of EMRs is a great process as not only it increases the quality of care, it also makes doctors accountable for the quality of care that they provide.