n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Electronic medical records - why should you consider implementing an EMR? : main article

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



EMR systems do the following tasks cheaply and faster, resulting in improved patient care: Compile clinical documents. Whether using defaults (auto-fill), drop-down lists or voice recognition, a comprehensive record of the patient encounter is produced in the most time-efficient way possible. Time is probably the physician's most precious asset while a detailed record of the clinical encounter, in the present litigious environment, is invaluable. Formulate patient summaries (for referrals, letters and current medication print-outs). Retrieve information. No more hunting for the lost chart or waiting to answer a call while the receptionist searches for the lab result that she knows she filed yesterday! No more phoning the lab for a resend. Audit diverse clinical information. What is your complication rate, how many patients do you refer, etc.? One of the greatest impediments to medical progress is our inability to audit effectively whether our care is effective, simply because so much information is 'trapped' in paper in doctors' offices and inaccessible to scientific evaluation.

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