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Why Get an Electronic Health Record If You Are a Filipino Health Provider?

by GMDP October 07 2021

The truth is, no one was ever ready for a global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has given most if not everyone abrupt burdens. Healthcare workers’ lives have been more difficult because of this sudden problem. And considering that the Philippines has the highest number of recorded cases recorded in Southeast Asia, Filipino health workers are prone to experiencing mental and physical exhaustion. 


In contrast to the multiple negative effects of the global pandemic, there is one lesson that the healthcare industry values greatly - integrating digital innovations into physician practice. 


Digital innovations such as telemedicine, electronic health records, electronic medical records to name a few, have been improving the way physicians deliver patient care in this modern world and time of the pandemic. 


Most if not all countries, including the Philippines, use fewer paper records. It's not a surprise though, paper records are fragile. Its functions are fairly limited. Even if natural disasters like floods and earthquakes do not happen every day, no healthcare facility will be completely safe. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a copy of a patient's health documents, important and life-saving information can be gone in a blink of an eye. 


Why is there a need to shift to paperless transactions


As mentioned above, healthcare providers especially today are prone to exhaustion. Labor-intensive tasks such as sorting and filing of paper records may produce several inefficiencies and increased medical errors. When there is a delay in supplying a needed medical record a patient’s health can be jeopardized. Not only that, but delays can also happen in communications, billing processes, and the provision of prescriptions. 


Given the latest innovations and tools in healthcare. The industry will perhaps witness a new era of implementing efficient healthcare and improved patient care through modern technology. This innovation convinces healthcare providers to switch from the usual paper transactions to a more effective electronic process. These innovations help physicians to deliver patient care anytime and anywhere. Most importantly, to reduce face-to-face consultations and lower the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. In this way, healthcare providers can observe standard health guidelines yet still delivering care to their patients. 


This is where the EHR system comes in.


What is an electronic health record?


An electronic health record or commonly known as EHR is a general collection of a patient’s healthcare information. It contains a patient’s demographic data, medical history, and hospitalization records.


An EHR system helps healthcare facilities implement faster physician diagnoses and improve the communication between physicians and patients. Electronic Health Records help patients view their healthcare history and important clinical notes. This system makes patients feel more secure because it includes them as part of the process. This promotes awareness of their own health and medical condition.


Why get an electronic health record system if you are a Filipino health provider?


Apart from obvious physical differences, Electronic Health Records or EHR is a better option compared to paper records. Here are several reasons why EHRs are beneficial to today’s Filipino healthcare providers.


  1. Less Paperwork and Storage Issues


First and foremost, physicians switch to electronic health records to minimize the use of paper records. Aside from obvious environmental implications, healthcare providers can now do more important tasks rather than spending long hours going through tons of paperwork. 


EHRs use cloud-based storage, on which instead of running on computers, it runs through a web instead. There will be no need for hardware or software installation anymore. Healthcare facilities as a result will be less cluttered and Instead of hiring IT experts to install and configure the hardware and software now and then, all of these configurations and updates are done through this cloud-hosted environment. 


  1. Improved Quality of Care


The quality of care given by a healthcare provider is improved when they deliver patient care in real-time and with no delays. EHRs provide physicians with updated and accurate information the moment they need it, whatever the circumstances may be. 


It would also be beneficial to physicians if their patients are more participative in their health. Electronic health records systems also integrate reminders for their appointments and screenings. 


Physicians with the use of EHRs can also communicate with pharmacists for their patients’ medication. This lessens the possibility of miscommunication and loss of prescriptions which happens often in paper transactions. 


3. Save on Time and Increased Productivity


With the use of electronic health records, administrative tasks in a  healthcare facility are streamlined. Therefore, communication with physicians, patients, and other stakeholders will now be faster. No more follow-up calls.


When an EHR system is integrated within a facility, searching for a patient’s health record will be more efficient and faster. Healthcare staff and physicians can now save on time because schedules will be linked to clinical notes. Coding and insurance claims will now be integrated as well. When tasks during office hours are efficient, greater productivity will be achieved. 


4. Better Patient Care


When physicians have better access to the information of their patients, they can deliver better patient care. Physicians can automatically monitor the diagnostic tests, treatments, and screenings of their patients. 


When physicians are updated with the latest health updates of their patients, their patients will feel more secure and comfortable. EHR systems improve coordination among healthcare providers and staff. What one physician wrote, other physicians can also see. This reduces duplication and miscommunications. Physicians can now deliver more accurate diagnoses because they have all the information they may need with just a few clicks. 


5. Reduced Medical Errors


For sure, no healthcare facility is perfect. The people that compromise it are human beings after all. Yet when a certain piece of information is provided to a physician, the moment they need it, medical errors will be reduced. 


Electronic health records give physicians more accurate information compared to manually written paper records. These paper records come with illegibility and may not be up-to-date. When problems or health situations are not addressed immediately, it may have a grave implication to a patient’s health or worse, their life. 


Takeaway


Streamlining tasks and records through technology may be a little overwhelming for some Filipino physicians because the Philippine healthcare industry is, in fact, still adjusting. But this type of change is welcomed and encouraged here in the country. 


Physicians should be able to adapt to the latest trends in the healthcare industry. Being up-to-date will not only help their growth as physicians but will impact greatly on the improvement in their way of delivering patient care. 


If you are a physician and are feeling a little unsure if you should invest in an electronic health records system, worry not. Global MD Plus is offering a free 30-day trial. Take time to explore all of its functions to help improve your practice. 


Make the first step in your growth as a physician today.


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