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Benefits of Electronic Medical Record Storage


Posted on January 30, 2014

OMR’s electronic medical record storage offers superior security and access over paper records storage

electronic medical record storageElectronic medical records will be the norm in the future. President Obama has expressed his desire for every American to have an electronic medical record by 2014. Well, 2014 is here already and not all medical providers have made the switch from paper to electronic records. Fortunately, OMR can help patients and doctors reap at least some of the benefits of electronic medical records by converting paper records to electronic ones prior to storage. Here are some important benefits that electronic medical record storage will bring:

Improved Security

Paper records are often stored behind a reception desk in a small medical office or in an out of the way corner of a large facility. In either case, theft or access by unauthorized parties is possible. Electronic records, on the other hand, can be stored in “the cloud” on secure servers that the public cannot access. This means that electronic records are able to offer better privacy for all parties involved.

Protection against Natural Disasters

Paper records are vulnerable to the ravages of time, as well as to potential natural disasters or accidents such as flooding, fire, or even tornadoes. Electronic records, however, can be backed up to multiple different servers in different physical locations. This helps spread out the risk associated with damage from natural disasters or equipment failure.

Lower Overhead

Paper records take up space, and space costs money. Storage space is at a premium in many hospitals and medical offices, making it costly to store old medical records, even hidden away in odd corners of the building. Plus, accessing paper medical records can be time-consuming, resulting in high staff costs. By storing records in electronic format, these costs can be reduced dramatically. If your hospital or medical practice already uses electronic medical records, OMR can help reduce overhead associated with utilizing your own server space for these records by providing storage space on our own dedicated servers.

Improved Access to Records

Electronic records are much easier to locate, retrieve, and distribute, resulting in a better experience for anyone who needs to access them, from patients and physicians to attorneys, insurance agents, researchers, and auditors. Patients can expect to enjoy timelier, better-informed care from new physicians or specialists who no longer have to wait for records to be mailed, and attorneys and insurance agents can get the data they need to resolve cases faster. Finally, researchers and auditors will be better able to search for relevant records and retrieve them in an easily portable and transferable format.
If you’re interested in electronic medical records storage, contact OMR today. We can take over your current electronic records as well as convert paper records into high-res digital images for you.

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