Each day brings new joys from the electronic medical record system. Being able to pull up graphs of patients’ laboratory results makes it so easy to assure that patients aren’t having a serious reaction to medication. Doing refills is a snap — no more writing out prescriptions — just a couple of clicks, and it is done. Checking for drug interactions and allergies is automatic.
And I don’t know if it is all that advantageous, but it is certainly cool to click “Send Electronically” and know that prescription will probably be ready at the pharmacy by the time the patient gets there.
We talk more about the use of electronic medical records to improve health care on my radio program, Getting Better Health Care.