Electronic medical record systems lie at the center of any computerized health information system. Without them, other modern technologies, such as decision-support systems, cannot be effectively integrated into routine clinical workflow. The paperless, interoperable, multi-provider, multi-specialty, multi-discipline computerized medical record, which has been a goal for many researchers, healthcare professionals, administrators and politicians for the past 20+ years, is becoming a reality in many developed countries. Sanigest, through its subsidiary Infogest, is working on the frontier of EMR systems to provide fully integrated solutions, for either web-based or client-server relationships in healthcare systems around the world.
Over the past decade, the political impetus for change in the health sector in almost all countries has become stronger. Incontrovertible evidence has increasingly shown that current systems are not delivering sufficiently safe, high quality, efficient and cost-effective healthcare, and that computerization, with the EMR at the center, is effectively the only way forward. As Tony Abott (Australian Minister for Heath and Ageing) said in August 2005: “Better use of IT is no panacea, but there’s scarcely a problem in the health system it can’t improve”.
Sanigest’s electronic medical record system was designed to work seamlessly with existing information systems and to provide electronic data interchange with health insurance systems for paperless claims reimbursement. The eight core capabilities of the Sanigest EMR are:
- Health information and data. Having immediate access to key information – such as patients’ diagnoses, allergies, lab test results, and medications – improve caregivers’ abilities to make sound, clinical decisions in a timely manner.
- Result management. The ability for all providers participating in the care of a patient in multiple settings to quickly access new and past test results increases patient safety and the effectiveness of care.
- Order management. The ability to enter and store orders for prescriptions, tests, and other services in a computer-based system enhances legibility, reduces duplication, and improves the speed with which orders are executed.
- Decision support. Using reminders, prompts, and alerts, computerized decision-support systems helps improve compliance with best clinical practices, ensure regular screenings and other preventive practices, identifies possible drug interactions, and facilitates diagnoses and treatments.
- Electronic communication and connectivity. Efficient, secure, and readily accessible communication among providers and patients improves the continuity of care, increases the timeliness of diagnoses and treatments, and reduces the frequency of adverse events.
- Patient support. Tools that give patients access to their health records, provide interactive patient education, and help them carry out home-monitoring and self-testing improve control of chronic conditions, such as diabetes.
- Administrative processes. Computerized administrative tools, such as scheduling systems, greatly improves a hospitals and clinics’ efficiency and provides more timely service to patients.
- Reporting. Electronic data storage that employs uniform data standards enables health care organizations to respond more quickly to federal, state, and private reporting requirements, including those that support patient safety and disease surveillance.
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