Based on a study conducted by EMC, several interesting facts have been revealed about the use of advanced technologies in the optimization of electronic medical records and how it can be used to improve patient care.
Most of the health IT leaders have claimed that they are ready to improve the security systems, application performance and also invest in cloud solutions. Almost 31 percent of the leaders also stated that they will make the backup and recovery solutions more advanced. However, to adopt these policies, these healthcare providers should have the required infrastructure, which surprisingly, almost 96 percent of them are lacking.
Almost two-thirds of the healthcare providers use EMR applications in the cloud storage services. Among these, the majority of users i.e. almost fifty percent rely on private cloud storage services, while the rest run their systems on hybrid and public cloud storage solutions.
Mobile and other Social Technologies
It has been found that around fifty-seven percent of the health IT providers prefer using their mobile phones to access EMR systems. In fact, mobile phones have become an important tool in viewing the real-time patient information that results in the enhancement of the overall quality of the care provided to the patients. Several other mobile uses also include depending on clinical notifications as well as on the patients’ communication and reminders.
A large number of healthcare providers also prefer using social technologies with the electronic medical records systems to improve the security features. The study conducted by EMC revealed that more than fifty percent of the healthcare providers communicated with patients and used to send medication and follow up reminders to them. Another share of health IT leaders preferred collecting the required patient data from advanced technology-based systems.
Hence, it is clear that using such advanced technologies has made a huge impact on the clinical workflow and the overall business. These ensure the improvement of data access and quality of patient care, thereby reducing the total costs involved in the maintenance and access of the EMR systems. But as mentioned earlier, to garner these benefits, the leaders of the healthcare organizations must have the required infrastructure, which interestingly is not happening nowadays.
If the EMR systems are combined with such advanced technologies, it would only result in the overall advancement of the entire healthcare industry, which would lead to considerable improvement in the quality of care and facilities provided to the patients.