Many studies in the past have concluded that at least some of the thousands of patient deaths happening every year in this country happen solely because of medical errors. In other words, some of these deaths could have been avoided in the first place, if full information about the patient medical history was available to the doctors in the first place. Experts say that the efficient use of EHR solutions can reduce the chances of medical errors to a great extent.
How can EHR technology be used to solve this problem?
Often, doctors come to know about a patient’s allergy only after they have administered the medicine. In many cases, the patient himself forgets to mention such details to the doctor. If the patient has a history of developing some allergic reaction to a certain frequently used drug, then this information has to be passed on to the doctor he is consulting now.
Such occurrence of lapses can be significantly reduced by implementing the type of Web Based EHR Software recommended by the Federal Government. Plans are afoot to set up a nationally connected EHR network database that will be updated regularly with the latest patient medical data. All hospitals are required to implement such EHR solutions to facilitate all this.
Once this is fully implemented, the up-to-date medical records of the patients will follow the patient to whichever hospital or doctor that he is getting the treatment from, this time around. The doctor just needs to check these medical records in the EHR database before he proceeds with the treatment to reduce chances of medical errors. There are pros and cons of EHR to patient care. The data regarding any allergic reactions or medical complications will be specifically tagged and marked to bring it to the attention of a new doctor treating that patient.
Such EHR solutions have the potential to save lives and reduce health errors. Also, there are plans to link all the latest medical research data available to the doctors through the same database. For example, an oncologist treating a cancer patient can make use of the database to obtain the information on the latest cancer research and the developments happening in the field of genetics that just might save the patients’ lives.
So, whether it is about reducing the chances of medical errors, reducing health errors or making the latest medical research data available to the doctors, implementing the EHR technology will clearly reduce the number of patients in a significant way. All the hospitals and healthcare organisations need to step up their efforts so that these plans can be fully implemented across the nation.