Paper vs Electronic Medical Records

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Have you ever gone to a doctor’s appointment and found yourself detailing your health condition while your doctor scribbles on a piece of paper? What about a doctor’s appointment where you’re detailing your health condition while the doctor types on a computer? Those two different scenarios involve medical records, but with one difference- one type is considered paper medical records while the other are considered electronic medical records.

Paper records require additional personnel to handle and support paper files and to organize countless documents. An electronic medical record platform requires less personnel, time and no physical storage space.

Although physicians may experience some initial costs as they implement electronic medical records, the costs of records over time will decrease significantly.

Medical practices store paper medical records in large warehouses that are filled with paper. These paper records take up space and are less environmentally friendly, paper records also tend to deteriorate over time. Electronic medical records can be stored in the cloud allowing the use of fewer resources.

Many medical professionals just keep one copy of a medical record on paper, the loss of a single record could mean that it’s gone forever. Not to mention paper records are also vulnerable from break in, losing it from a staff member or from a natural disaster such as a fire or flood.

For the physicians who keep medical records in a warehouse, they need to request them to be faxed, scanned or mailed which is a time-consuming process. With electronic medical records, medical professionals have access to the data they need instantly. Time is critical in medical settings.

Everyone has different hand writing, paper medical records also are sometimes is illegible penmanship. Also paper has limited space so sometimes medical professionals don’t have enough room on paper to write everything down. Electronic medical records give you the space you need to write what is needed to document a patient encounter.

Check out the infographic below to learn more:

Electronic Medical Records versus Paper medical records infographic

Daniel Kivatinos COO and cofounder drchrono Article by Daniel Kivatinos, COO and cofounder, drchrono

Daniel drives direction, brand vision, and business strategy for drchrono. Daniel’s focus has been in the technology space since 2001, as a software engineer and entrepreneur. Daniel holds an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Computer Science & Psychology from Stony Brook University.

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3 thoughts on “Paper vs Electronic Medical Records

  1. I think that very soon healthcare industry will understand that EHR should be a standard. At this point, companies which develop custom EHR systems should follow the standards so that their solutions could be easily adopted.

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