In our country setting, there will be many challenges to implementing EMR system:
The first thing we will face is an unstable electric supply throughout the country. Frequent power shortages together with low coverage of internet across the country hinder in accessing the client records which can affect the healthcare delivery.
Secondly, we will need to have ready infrastructure for technology and professionals from different areas for deploying the system in a resource-constraint country. As we discussed in the previous course, privacy concerns is another area to be aware of in the EMR system as many developed countries are also facing this challenge with the continuous growth of technology.
Lastly, people are the most important part of the transition and there may be people who are used to the traditional method of recording could resist changing the new workflows. Adopting the new technologies from paper based records will have an impact on the productivity.
If we can cope with and overcome those challenges, there are many benefits to implementing the EMR system and some of these are:
We can reduce the amount of paperwork in patient information recording and history taking. It will reduce the physical storage area and also save time for healthcare workers. Since the system comes with keeping the data in a relevant structure and organization, the service providers can retrieve client information easily. Since the clients’ data can be accessed quickly, it can improve the accessibility and availability and that in turn leads to the efficient analysis of the data and improve decision making process.
This can reduce the risk of transcription errors from misinterpreting the handwriting. It can also help to improve the safety of the patient and his health outcomes. Another benefit of the system is the seamless communication between healthcare providers. We can quickly share the client information, investigation results and other relevant data and that kind of collaboration can lead to efficient and effective care for the patient.