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5 ways of improving care quality by utilizing an efficient EMR solution

By January 30, 2023 No Comments

Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are increasingly being adopted by healthcare providers to improve the quality of care they provide.

Here are several ways that this technology can help:

Improved patient safety:

EMRs and EHRs allow healthcare providers to access complete and up-to-date patient information, reducing the risk of medication errors, adverse drug interactions, and other preventable harm. (Reference: Koppel, R., Metlay, J. P., Cohen, A., Abalihi, A., Localio, A. R., & Asch, D. A. (2005). Role of computerized physician order entry systems in facilitating medication errors. JAMA, 293(10), 1197-1203.)

Enhanced patient engagement:

By providing patients with access to their health information and allowing them to participate in their own care, EHRs and EMRs can help to engage patients and improve health outcomes. (Reference: Chen, P. S., & Neuhauser, D. (2010). E-health literacy, health information seeking, and stage of change for adopting a healthy lifestyle. Journal of medical systems, 34(5), 899-906.)

Increased efficiency:

With EHRs and EMRs, healthcare providers can quickly and easily access patient information, reducing the time spent on administrative tasks and allowing more time to be spent on direct patient care. (Reference: Zhang, J., Liu, J., Ma, L., & Chen, L. (2012). The impact of electronic health record implementation on healthcare organization performance. International Journal of Information Management, 32(1), 18-25.)

Improved collaboration:

EHRs and EMRs make it easier for healthcare providers to share patient information and collaborate on care, leading to better coordination and more effective treatment plans. (Reference: Ash, J. S., Hersh, W. R., Zhang, J., & Newcomb, P. (2011). Characteristics of meaningful use of electronic health records in small physician practices. Journal of medical systems, 35(2), 329-336.)

Improved quality of care:

By providing healthcare providers with access to complete and up-to-date patient information, EHRs and EMRs can help to ensure that patients receive the best possible care, leading to improved health outcomes. (Reference: Kannry, J., Overhage, J. M., Slawson, D. H., & McCombs, J. S. (1999). Improving the quality of care: the role of health information systems. Quality and Safety in Health Care, 8(2), 117-121.)

In conclusion, EHRs and EMRs have the potential to improve the quality of care provided by healthcare providers greatly. By reducing the risk of preventable harm, engaging patients, increasing efficiency, improving collaboration, and improving the quality of care, these systems can help to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.

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