Medical Practices Use Free EMR Systems to Guard against Disaster

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It doesn't take a hurricane or earthquake to cripple operations in a doctor's office. Sometimes an incident which would be an inconvenience to another business would be a major catastrophe to a medical practice.

Small Disasters with Big Consequences:

Information is critical to proper medical care. No matter how familiar a doctor is with a particular patient, it's always possible to forget some small detail such as a drug allergy. That omission could threaten a patients safety. This is why it is so important for doctors to have access to patient records.

There are many reasons a doctor could be unable to get into his office. A storm blows a tree over and blocks access to the parking lot. A leak forces closure until inspector ensures the building is safe. With traditional paper records, the doctor is unable to reach critical patient information if the patient has an emergency during this time. A free EMR system prevents these incidents from blocking or destroying information.

Maintain Full Accessibility

With a free EMR system, a doctor or other authorized user has access to patient records from outside the office. Even if physical access to the office is blocked, the doctor can still examine information from any other computer with the EMR software installed on it. Many physicians enable access to their office records from home so they can immediately respond if a patient is in a medical emergency.

Although free EMR allows full access, it doesn't allow unrestricted access. EMR systems include strict security measures to prevent unauthorized entry into the system. Doctors can be confident they are observing all privacy regulations while retaining the ability to examine patient records from any location. EMR provides the best blend of accessibility and security.

Preserve Data Integrity:

Medical practices must also protect the data itself from destruction. A ruptured pipe, small fire or other incident could destroy all paper records in an office. Even electronic medical records could be destroyed, but free EMR offers the advantage of easy backup.

It is difficult, expensive and time consuming to make copies of paper records and store them off site. On the other hand, backing up free EMR databases is simple, often included as part of the software function. These backups can be small enough to put on a pocket USB drive and easily transported to another location for safety. The data can also be backed up online so a practice can restore it from anywhere.

The importance of retaining 24/7 access to and protecting the integrity of medical records means it is nearly impossible for a medical practice to operate without some kind of EMR system. Since most practices don't need CCHIT certified software, free EMR systems offer an inexpensive solution to a practice's data needs.

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