As with all documents, there is the risk of losing patient records from time to time. They could get burnt or damaged or distorted. It is therefore very important that the security and safety of medical records is protected. With electronic medical records it becomes much easier to do just that. They are safely stored in the computer and there is usually a backup system that ensures that all the data remains safe, despite any sort of malfunction with the hospital system. That way, none of the records can ever get lost and you can get access to them whenever you need to.
The other advantage that comes with electronic medical records is that the occurrence of transcription and handwriting errors is greatly reduced. It becomes quite easy to misread instructions or prescriptions and this has adverse effects on the patient. However with electronic health records, there is little risk of that happening. Everything is typed online with no use of handwritings. The instructions will thus be very clear. You are therefore very much assured of quality care with this sort of system.
With electronic medical records it becomes much easier to collect data for a study or presentation. One does not have to wade through tons of paperwork trying to get the information that they need so desperately. Instead all you have to do is search for exactly what you are looking for. Data is usually classified into different groups that make it much easier to get. You can get your data according to age, ethnicity and even diseases. This kind of information when used properly can be used to spot trends and therefore be used to make health policies. These policies are very important because they ensure that certain diseases are stopped and plans are made on how to go about eradicating them.
When you have your records online, you are then able to access them at your own time. If you want to track your progress, you can easily do that. If you want to get a prescription refilled, it can also be used to do just that. More often than not, you will not have to go to see your doctor. You can call or email them with whatever problem you have and they can suggest a solution. You will only have to go in when the doctor needs to examine you.