Paper vs. Electronic Medical Records

by Apryl Beverly; Updated September 26, 2017

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.

Benefits

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.

Paper Records

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 Records

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.

Patient Care

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.

Eco-Friendly

Hospitals that have adopted electronic medical filing also are doing their part to save our planet by implementing eco-friendly policies and procedures.

About the Author

Apryl Beverly is a skilled writer with more than 10 years of experience. She crafts concise and targeted content for print and electronic communications. Apryl earned an MBA in marketing from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University. She has had a diverse range of articles published on Work.com Inc., Business.com Inc. and Info.com.