Electronic Medical Records (EMR) – Part 2

Our discussion of the electronic medical record continues as we address its advantages and disadvantages. One advantage: Electronic Medical Records increase the accessibility of a patient’s record; a doctor can access a patient’s information from any computer hooked up to the system. This may make for speedier, more accurate treatment. As with any major change, though, it will take time for doctors and staff to transition from an informal paper process to a more formal electronic method of record-keeping. In the long run, EMRs may allow for remote medicine, diagnosis, e-prescribing and other off-site treatment.

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