EMR Benefit You Wouldn’t Expect

Posted on January 22, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Today, I decided that I’d ask people to share a benefit they’ve received from an EMR (or seen received if you’re an EMR vendor) that you didn’t expect to happen when you implemented an EMR.

I’ll start off with one unexpected benefit of an EMR: audit logs.

There’s so many things you can do with audit logs. It resolves so many issues with accountability for a record. You just run a quick report on the audit logs and you know exactly when someone did something in the EMR. This is also true for patients when we check to see for things like when a patient checked in and when they were seen. The audit logs can tell you a lot about your clinic. Plus, it just feels so much more secure knowing that everything that’s being done in the EMR is being audited.

Not really relevant, but I got free breakfast thanks to the audit logs. HIM found a mistake in the EMR that needed to be corrected. One of our Directors went on and on about the breakfast this person would have to bring for making this mistake. She started listing off what she wanted for breakfast. I pull up the audit logs to identify the offending party: sure enough it was the Director who was going on and on that made the mistake. She corrected the mistake and brought a full breakfast.

Ok, now lets hear what EMR benefits surprised you.