A closer look: Electronic medical records adoption
Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 02:40 PM
Physicians and healthcare providers have used traditional paper-based medical records for many years. Despite its inexpensive nature (which is great for large healthcare systems), traditional medical records require copious amounts of paper-based resources and storage. To solve this, electronic medical records (EMR) were invented to provide physicians with easy access to patient records and to save paper. Unfortunately, the chief disadvantage of EMR is ... the money. Large hospitals will require more money to provide necessary resources to healthcare providers such as critical IT support and laptop computers. This issue has delayed nationwide EMR adoption.
To me, it's clear that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages of EMR. Despite slow adoption rates, more providers are adopting EMR
due to the numerous advantages of "information at your fingertips," which is decreasing the environmental burden of healthcare greatly.
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