If you ask the question whether we need electronic medical records, the answer is going to be a resounding ‘Yes,’ said Bradley F. Marple, MD, Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. It’s the trend, it’s going to be at the forefront of pay for performance, and it’s one of those outcome measures that will be required of all of us.
Explore this issue:January 2007
D. Thomas Upchurch, MD, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Director of AllMeds, Inc., Oak Ridge, Tenn., which provides specialty-specific electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management systems to practicing physicians, noted that the general advantages of electronic medical records (EMR) include immediate, efficient, and documented communication. Dr. Upchurch, an otolaryngologist, used EMR in his office for seven years before ceasing his practice two years ago. It makes for much smoother and quieter office management operations, he said.
What are the advantages and disadvantages for implementing EMR, specifically as they relate to communicating directly with patients?