How electronic medical records reduce costs and improve patient outcomesAppeared in Smart Business LA County | July 2010
A centerpiece in the national health care reform agenda is the adoption of the electronic medical record (EMR) that promises to lower cost and improve quality. This revolution is bringing an end to millions of manila folders holding countless pieces of patient information and scribbled notes. In their place are EMRs that can transport patient information in real time with the click of a button.
Smart Business turned to Diana Hendel, the CEO of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, to learn more.
What is an electronic medical record?
EMRs minimize waste and inefficiency of manual and paper-based processes, maximizing clinical quality at points of decision-making and eliminating most paper used in patient documentation. Additionally, electronic medical records help prevent unnecessary orders and diagnostic tests, reduce medical errors and improve patient care.
How is it impacting MemorialCare?
The reduced costs that are associated with the electronic medical records have the potential to save the health delivery system millions of dollars.
Is there similar progress nationally?
While doctors and outpatient programs are slow to purchase EMRs for financial reasons, government support is likely to speed adoption. At MemorialCare, we are helping affiliated physicians implement an EMR called ‘myMemorialCare’ in their practices, and are launching other initiatives to ensure physicians with or without an EMR system can easily access their patients’ records. Outpatient records are also available to hospital staff during a patient’s admission, as combined inpatient and outpatient EMRs make for a true electronic continuum of care.
What can we expect in the future?
How can businesses learn more?
Diana Hendel, PharmD, is CEO of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. The facilities are a member of the not-for-profit MemorialCare Health System, which also includes Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills and San Clemente. For additional information on excellence in health care, please visit memorialcare.org.
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