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EMR benefits

A well-implemented, high-functioning EMR should ultimately lead to better patient care, improved efficiency and better office management.

Implementation is a challenge for most practices, taking between 6 and 12 months to adapt to the technology.

EMRs should cut down on paperwork, filing and storage. They should also provide access to other interoperable clinical applications such as lab and diagnostic imaging reports.

Improve patient health outcomes

  • Deliver chronic disease management and care of complex patients
  • Maintain more complete, consistent and legible records for efficient, logical and reliable access
  • Access lab results and current medications quickly and easily
  • Graph lab results, medications and trends
  • Generate decision support and reminders for physicians and staff
  • Aggregate reports to better understand patient population
  • Improve efficiency of administrative tasks

Strengthen patient safety

  • Minimize risk of missing/forgetting important details
  • Check for drug interactions or contraindications
  • Monitor medication lists and current prescriptions

Enhance revenue/increase productivity

  • Simplify and optimize billing with correct codes
  • Reduce manual labour with automated filing and form-filling
  • Generate end-of-day reports
  • Save time with computerized record searches
  • Add lab and imaging results to patient’s record
  • Integrate diagnostic devices and input results and findings into patient’s record
  • Free up office space no longer needed to store paper charts
  • Free up the time of office staff, allowing for a practice to encourage interaction with patients

Flexible work environment

  • Access charts from anywhere at any time
  • Streamline interoffice communications

Personal information privacy/security

  • Allow only authorized users secure log on
  • Track and audit user access with automated logs and processes

Legibility and continuity

  • Avoid mistakes caused by illegible handwriting
  • Help colleagues access patient information while covering vacations,  absences
  • Attract locums or partners to an organized, modern practice

(Information adapted from the British Columbia Medical Association’s Physician Information Technology Office.)