Increasingly, electronic medical records (EMR) are gaining a foothold in North America and enhancing patient care — sometimes dramatically.
For example, New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital reduced, by almost half, the number of patient deaths related to sepsis, through resourceful management of its EMR system.
As reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, sepsis, in 2011, was responsible for about half of all deaths at the hospital, an uncommonly high mortality rate relative to that at other U.S. academic medical centres.
In early 2012, Mount Sinai introduced, on eight floors, an early warning and response program, whereby the EMR system activates a red alert whenever staff enter vital signs in a patient’s chart that correspond to the conditions for early sepsis.
The alert triggers a bedside visit from a crew of specially trained nurse practitioners who assess the patient, request tests and, if needed, initiate treatment.
Result: In 2012, there were 77 fewer sepsis-related deaths, a 40-per-cent drop in the hospital’s sepsis mortality rate compared to 2011.
Similarly, EMR could potentially improve the quality of patient care everywhere, in so many yet-to-be-discovered ways.
The first step in fully converting your medical practice to EMR is to scan your paper-based medical records.
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RSRS can handle your conversion needs, large and small, from pulling staples and preparing your documents, to indexing them and building your archive.
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