EMRs Speed Care Need Identification

Electronic Medical RecordsA recent study commissioned by Canada Health Infoway found that primary care practices utilizing Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems were quicker to identify patients in need of preventative or follow-up care than paper-based practices.  The government-funded non-profit organization’s study issued a one-day Practice Challenge, which had participating clinics review their patients’ records in search of those who could benefit from one of six different kinds of interventions, including immunization, diabetes management, and cancer screening.

Those practices with EMRs were able to review the records of all their active patients in less than an hour and a half on average, while similarly-sized practices still using paper charts were estimated to need around 40 hours to conduct the same full review.  The EMR-based clinics also expressed greater confidence in their ability to contact the patients in question in a timely fashion.

EMR systems such as Allscripts MyWay, McKesson Practice Choice, and Medisoft Clinical are important tools for patient care as well as for meeting and reporting on meaningful use.  Let Microwize Technology’s healthcare IT consultants work with you to create a solution that fits your needs.