Electronic Medical Records have frequently been in news over the past few months. They have been widely discussed by most people connected with the healthcare industry and most people agree that EMR’s can bring out significant and positive changes in the field of healthcare. Even the US government has its attention behind the implementation of electronic health records system. However all this has not led healthcare providers to adopt the technology on a wide scale. Even those providers who have forged ahead and begun using the technology have been using them at very basic levels. Thus they are not being able to exploit the maximum potential that the technology can offer. The result is even after investing in electronic medical records technology these providers are missing out on substantial operational and financial benefits.
This unfortunate scenario is a result of some popular misconceptions about EMR’s which are driving away potential users. There have been some reports in recent times which have concluded that the savings and operational efficiencies promised by the adoption of electronic health records might be more hype than reality and that in certain cases it has actually led to increasing administrative costs. However, the truth is that these are very short-sighted conclusions which have not taken into account the long term advantages of adopting electronic health records system.
The truth is that an electronic medical records system takes some time and effort to start showing real benefits. One needs to adopt a meticulously planned approach in the adoption of EMR technology even when there is consistent vendor support. The problem with many long term health care providers is that they have absolutely no idea on how to go about the process and quite frequently they rush into implementing the system which leads to failure and disappointment. It is vital to setup a realistic timeline for implementation. Moreover one need not invest in a full services solution right away as it is not only expensive but also puts extreme burden on the proper training of staff.
One should go about the process of implementing the EMR system gradually, vendor education and support is very important in this scenario. After the basic implementation process is satisfactorily complete one can move on to the next stage of development. Care providers who take the slow and steady path in implementing EMR will be the ones who will emerge as beneficiaries in the long run.
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