Electronic Medical Records: Are They Competent for 21st Century Healthcare?

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Electronic Medical Records

The technological development of electronic medical records is not nearly as advanced as medical professionals were hoping for them to be. As one of the most important tools in a hospital, these systems are heavily relied upon to not only help medical staff stay organized amongst themselves, but also to help them keep track of patients and their needs. 

A Doctor Isn’t Always the Patient’s First Choice

When a patient notices an illness, interestingly, the first thing they seek is not medical attention. Before speaking with a doctor, a potential patient is, in fact, more likely to seek medical advice from friends, family, and colleagues. Or in the worst-case scenario, to turn to Google for an answer. 

Patients often avoid doctors for very innate and understandable human reasons. Fear, vulnerability, financial troubles, or anxieties. Even though they know that doctors are there to help them, the current systems of communication between doctors and patients have not helped to strengthen their mutual bond. Instead, they may have even caused them to stay further apart.

Patients Often Feel Ignored by Medical Staff

Because of the way that current hospital computer systems work, the patient will often have a sense of unease when in front of a doctor, because the doctor must spend much of their valuable time looking at a computer screen and inputting data. As a result, what would become a natural human connection between patient and doctor is immediately lost.

However, the doctor isn’t feeling much better either. Doctors are often frustrated by all the administrative work that they have to complete for each patient. On average, 60% of a doctor’s time allocated for a patient is actually spent chained to a keyboard, instead of being able to provide the crucial humane support that the doctor hopes to give.

The Importance of Efficient Electronic Medical Records

Medical records are essential for good healthcare. In the early days, the records were jotted down with pen and paper, which had a number of negative consequences:

  • Lack of data security.
  • Large amounts of physical storage space.
  • Higher cost and personnel associated with its use.

Eventually, the problem was partially solved with a switch to electronic medical records (EMRs), which relied on newly-developed computers to enter data faster and in a more reliable storage system. And there were indeed a number of benefits that came with EMRs.

  • Increased security of records.
  • Eliminated need for physical storage space.
  • Reduced costs and personnel associated with its use.

But EMRs were not the end of the story, or the many administrative problems that doctors still face on a daily basis. In fact, more new problems were added.

  • Increased administrative burden on the doctors.
  • Disruption of doctor-patient contact.
  • Duplicate and/or irrelevant information in the data system.
  • Burnout and administrative exhaustion among healthcare professionals. 

An Innovative Clinical Notes Manager for the 21st Century

or all the aforementioned reasons, at Sherplay we believe that it is time to assist clinicians with clinical notes in their conventional medical records systems. It is time to develop a solution that facilitates tasks of healthcare teams which will reflect in more accurate and efficient clinical notes.

Our mobile solution is Beeseet. This innovative clinical notes manager takes advantage of AI to allow doctors to collect and organize key elements of each patient’s visit. Within seconds and a few taps, Beeseet allows the doctor to turn their full attention to the patient and to establish true human contact between the two. 

Through voice and text recognition, photos and videos, and without any human intermediaries, Beeseet allows us to have a clear and intelligent record of what took place during a patient’s appointment.

This saves time, money, and keeps better medical records for stress-free doctors and happy patients.

At Sherplay, we are looking forward to seeing Beeseet help healthcare workers around the world. Join us on this journey!