Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
To further support its dedication to remain at the forefront of healthcare technology, National Jewish Health implemented an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. We are committed to improving patient care, and this new system helps facilitate communication among healthcare providers and ensure accuracy of patient data.
What is an EMR?
An EMR is a medical record that is stored digitally in a secure computer database within an organization or healthcare system. This system allows electronic storage, retrieval, and modification of medical records, and is an alternative to traditional, paper medical records. EMRs have the potential to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of healthcare.
What are the benefits of using an EMR system?
Healthcare is a complex and critical system, so it is important that healthcare providers have access to their patients' medical records immediately, right at the point of care. An EMR allows those involved in your healthcare at National Jewish Health to instantly view your records from a secure database. Other benefits of an EMR include:
- Better communication among your healthcare providers
- Increased security of your medical records
- Improved accuracy of data and faster access to your prescriptions
What are some of the disadvantages of traditional, paper charts?
- Only one person at a time can view a paper chart.
- Some handwriting may be illegible in a paper chart.
- Paper charts can be difficult to keep track of and they can become disorganized.
- Paper charts take up a lot of physical space and are not environmentally friendly.
What changes will I notice during my appointment at National Jewish Health?
Your physician will use a computer in your exam room to check medical information and enter notes, prescriptions, referrals and other information. Your prescriptions will be electronically generated and either printed out on secure paper, or sent electronically to your pharmacy.
Should I be concerned about privacy and confidentiality?
Your medical records are stored in a secure computer system and can only be accessed by your physician and other medical staff who need it to care for you. National Jewish Health strictly follows HIPAA guidelines for ensuring your patient information is protected. Read a notice of our privacy practices.
If you have any questions or concerns about this new system, feel free to speak with any member of our medical staff.