June 14, 2008

Electronic Medical Records Will Help Doctors Earn Incentives

Doctors from the University of Wisconsin at Madison may be soon reaping huge financial incentives through federal health care programs for implementing electronic health record system.

The initiative is a pilot program by the department of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program was announced on Friday by Michael Leavitt, secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Madison and Wisconsin is one of the 12 places where the pilot program will run.

The program aims at small and medium-sized health care centers to adopt electronic medical record systems as it is thought of as a much accurate method to provide better medical care for people.

Most of the doctors rely on paper records and retrieve clinical information about their patients from them. This can be a reason for medical errors in many cases. Electronic Medical Records (EMR) will prove to be efficient for providers and safer for patients.

It may require sizeable investments in the beginning but pays in long term practice establishment.

David Brailer, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology described typical components of EMRs in his report. It includes lists of problems, medications, allergies, tests and other patient information and a comprehensive automated system will include medical history, patient demographics, nurses’ notes, electronic prescriptions and diagnostic tests.

According to the Centers for Studying Health System Change, EMRs implementation in doctor’s offices will serve many purposes. Ability to access patient notes and generate treatment reminders is an important function of EMR. It can be used to exchange clinical data and information with other doctors to obtain detailed treatment guidelines and write prescriptions.

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