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Electronic medical records and the emergency room

Posted on April 7, 2014

The Emergency Department (ED) is high paced and needs reliable, efficient access to patient medical records. When implemented successfully, a high-quality ED medical record should help better capture the process of evaluation, management, medical decision-making, and disposition of a patient. It should also facilitate better care by making relevant medical history instantly available.

An effective ED medical record assists with:

Having medical records available electronically enhances the accessibility of patient information, allowing physicians and nurses to share recorded information with one another instantly.

Some electronic medical records systems allow ER staff to automatically retrieve past medical history, ER visits, and previous allergy history. There is now technology that would sound an alarm when there is a dangerous drug interaction, or if a patient has abnormal vital signs or when critical lab results available.

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