Through M-Safe, it is effortless to see all the medical history & information in one set and use it to make for faster and well-versed decisions at any situation. It is provided in an electronic method normally called as” Electronic medical record” (EMR).
- Digital formatting enables information to be used and shared over secure networks.
- Track care (e.g. prescriptions) and outcomes (e.g. blood pressure).
- Trigger warnings and reminders.
- Send and receive reports, and results.
Contrast with paper-based records:
Paper-based records require a significant amount of storage space compared to electronic records. When paper records are stored in different locations, collating them to a single location for review by a health care provider is time intense and complicated, whereas the process can be simplified with electronic records. This is particularly true in the case of person-cantered records, which are impractical to maintain if not electronic thus difficult to centralize or federate. When paper-based records are required in multiple locations, copying, faxing, and transporting costs are significant compared to duplication and transfer of digital records. However, the increased portability and accessibility of electronic medical records may also increase the ease with which they can be accessed and stolen by unauthorized persons or unscrupulous users versus paper medical records. Handwritten paper medical records can be associated with poor legibility, which can contribute to medical errors .Pre-printed forms, the standardization of abbreviations, and standards for penmanship were encouraged to improve reliability of paper medical records. Electronic records help with the standardization of forms, terminology and abbreviations, and data input. And also EMRs can be continuously updated the ability to exchange records between different systems would facilitate the co-ordination of health care delivery in non-affiliated health care facilities. In addition, data from an electronic system can be used anonymously for statistical reporting in matters such as quality improvement, resource management and public health communicable disease surveillance. It allows for entire patient history to be viewed without the need to track down the patient’s previous medical record volume and assists in ensuring data is accurate, appropriate and legible. It reduces the chances of data replication as there is only one modifiable file, which means the file is constantly up to date when viewed at a later date and eliminates the issue of lost forms or paperwork. Due to all the information being in a single file, it makes it much more effective when extracting medical data for the examination of possible trends and long term changes in the patient.
Long-term preservation and storage of records:
An important consideration in the process of developing electronic medical records is to plan for the long-term preservation and storage of these records. The field will need to come to consensus on the length of time to store EMRs, methods to ensure the future accessibility and compatibility of archived data with yet-to-be developed retrieval systems, and how to ensure the physical and virtual security of the archives. Additionally, considerations about long-term storage of electronic medical records are complicated by the possibility that the records might one day be used longitudinally and integrated across sites of care. Records have the potential to be created, used, edited, and viewed by multiple independent entities. These entities include, but are not limited to, primary care physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, and patients.
Several studies found evidence that practices with EMR provided better quality care.EMR does help to improve care coordination. Since anyone with EMR can view the patient’s history, seeing multiple specialists, smoothing transitions between care settings, and better care in emergency situations EMRs may also improve prevention by providing doctors and patient’s better access to test results.