Electronic medical records are the way of the future as opposed to the continued use of paper records. During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama personally identified the need to set aside monies to help hospitals update their record retention process.
Electronic records are more efficient than paper because it makes the files easier to read, more accessible and improves the overall quality of patient files for diagnosis and research.
Using paper medical records increases the risk of grammar errors, improper data entry and other record inaccuracies. Paper also requires physical storage, which could be a costly expense for businesses.
Electronic medical files are readily transferable from one doctor or hospital to another. Electronic filing also eliminates the physical space needed to retain patient records and facilitates more accurate documentation of medical files.
Electronic medical records improve the overall care of the patient because it reinforces the quality of care by promoting more accurate, efficient and quality record keeping.
Hospitals that have adopted electronic medical filing also are doing their part to save our planet by implementing eco-friendly policies and procedures.