Proper healthcare is a coordination of efforts between healthcare professionals. Aside from a General Practitioner, most people have more than one physician in several different practices. Comprehensive and beneficial healthcare takes place when it is fast and easy for all physicians to share medical information concerning patients’ histories and conditions quickly. EMR systems are a step in the right direction, but electronic health records (EHR) integrate EMR systems so healthcare team members are able to exchange information with a few keystrokes.
Information Technology and Healthcare
The whole purpose of IT in healthcare today is to make patients safer and provide medical care staff with more accurate and comprehensive records in order to deliver better care, while improving the quality of care. Both patients and healthcare professionals can agree this type of solution has been sorely needed in past years. Now the technology of electronic health records and medical software systems is widely available and being used in virtually every medical office, facility, and hospital across the civilized world.
One of the areas of medical care seeing profound benefits from EHR systems and medical software is Emergency Medicine. When a patient is brought into an emergency room by ambulance and they are unconscious, it is doubtful their families will be able to provide an accurate medical history for the treating physician to use for precise decision making.
Now that electronic health records are integrated into hospital medical software, Emergency physicians can quickly view the entire medical history of any patients. This allows them to provide the exact quality of care patients need. A doctor can see what medications the patient is on, and what medications they were on. These magnificent integrated software systems also provide a clear view of medical conditions a patient has or has had. All of this information is important in an emergency situation.
Improving the Precision of Medical Care
When a patient comes into a doctor’s office for the first time, they rarely carry all of their medical records with them. Patients are certainly not the best source for an accurate medical history no matter how many questions they are asked. With EHR systems in place within an office medical software structure, the treating physician doesn’t need to ask quite as many questions to treat the patient appropriately.
Unlike emergency medical situations, where only vital pieces of information are needed immediately, long-term treatment teams find extensive and accurate medical histories to help with diagnosis and treatment over time. Specialists are able to use this information to their advantage and come to more accurate diagnoses and treatments for all of their patients. This makes the lives of doctors, patients, and patients’ families much better.