Imagine traveling state or even nation wide and having a serious medical issue – many patients live with this concern. The problem of different hospitals and clinics as well as being able to reconcile the necessary health records can pose great health risks if each medical professional does not have access to the medical history of a patient.
There are drug allergies, interactions, previous surgeries and more to be considered by every medical professional the patient encounters. This is not only time consuming and stress inducing to the patient but it’s also dangerous. Catastrophic results can occur if a patient cannot inform a doctor of a new drug they have been prescribed and there is a reaction. The possibilities for harm are numerable, especially if the patient is non verbal for whatever reason at the time.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
In cases where time is of the essence, correct medical history is a life saving necessity. Many illnesses such as diabetes and heart ailments can present themselves as other issues, and not every patient wears health alert bracelets or carries the medicine or medical papers they would need to show to their care provider.
Particularly susceptible to issues such as this are patients who are newly diagnosed and have no idea how to keep themselves on the right track because they are still learning about their illness and how to live with it.
QUICKER DIAGNOSIS AND RECOVERY
Now, imagine a world where at the touch of a computer, a patient’s medical history can be accessed within moments to provide instant details about their condition or medications. T
he man who just drove his car into a tree for seemingly no reason and is now unconscious, has no way to tell you he has a history of strokes or diabetic attacks, but quick access to his records can put him on the road to recovery so much faster than waiting on multiple test results.
Ultimately, quick access to electronic health records can save lives. This can also improve patient confidence by providing peace of mind, ensuring a speedy diagnosis and facilitating immediate healthcare. To find out more about EHR software for your practice, contact us today.
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