Paper Charts and EMR
Paper charts in the doctor’s office was the “in” thing back in the day. Now with such an advance in technology, physician offices’ has switched to Electronic Medical Record system. Electronic Medical Record system is hard to learn; however, it cuts down on time and space in the medical office. EMR is quick, efficient, takes up less space, and makes finding charts for different physicians very easy to find.
Compared to paper charts using an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system is very quick and efficient. Paper records are big and bulky and they take up a lot of space in the office. Filling, refilling, and looking for charts time consuming and intense at times. For instance, the lab department has the chart that a department is looking for and that department will not have access to the chart until that particular department is finished with the chart. If there was an EMR system in place one or more persons could have access to the chart. In a paper chart the doctors has to write out the prescriptions. In an EMR system the prescription is automatically sent to the pharmacy with just a click of a button.
Paper charts cannot be easily saved at a different location. Physician’s orders and corresponding results such as labs and prescriptions can also be an issue with paper charts. However, if physician offices have EMR, all the doctors in the practice will be able to see what has been prescribed without looking for the chart. Paper charts can be easily misplaced and not at the doctors fingertips when it is needed. EMR also reduces the cost of transcribing and not having such a hard time reading the doctors writing. With EMR system the visit is able to be documented right there and does not have to be dictated or transcribed.
Finding paper charts can be very time consuming. If EMR was in place in the practice, the chart would be available at any computer station. Also, make sure that proper information is filed under the correct...