It has been a while since patient’s records were digitalized. There were just simple then. Before all, popular operating system was available in the market, Linux is open source software. This means that anyone can create an operating system that tells the computer what to do. An individual would just have to download the source code and change the system to whatever you want it to do, and because it is open source you really do not have to sell the program to others. One would just have to share the source code and another person can use the program anytime.
Veterans Health Information System and Technology Architecture is one of those who influence the modern patient record system. The department of health and social services ordered the use of the digitalized health records after the decentralized hospital computer program was made in 1985.
There are a lot of advantages when it comes to digitalizing patient’s records. One of which is environmental friendly. There is absolutely less paper compares to older times when everything is printed and needs to be carried around by the nurse or the physician. A patient record systems will consolidate all the information on all the documents on those papers in one single file on the computer. So you don’t need to go anywhere. Just search on your computer and you can find all the details. There is updated information about the patient and all the laboratory results that were done during the stay in the hospital. Hospital records are confidential records. Only the healthcare providers are the only ones who should access it. With the digitalized medical record, it can be shared to other physicians in a secure way. Many cases of medical error are because of redundant laboratory testing or misplaced and unrecorded procedures that were made to the patient because of so many reasons. With the electronic medical record system this can be reduced to a minimum if not totally alleviate it and the healthcare team can provide a safer care for the patients.
How to choose
Competition is really something that is present in any industry. It is not who can provide the best because there are a lot of products that promises so many things that they cannot live up to it. The more important thing is to pick any electronic medical record system and work with it. If there are adjustments that need to be taken care of then do it after it installed and used in the clinic or institution. It is better to have patients than to have a system that works but no patients at all.