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Insights from Software Engineering Experts on Emergency Medical Record Implementation Challenges



Electronic medical records (EMRs) have revolutionized the healthcare industry by providing medical professionals with instant access to patient information, reducing medical errors, and improving patient outcomes. However, despite their many advantages, EMRs also come with a unique set of challenges and issues that must be addressed by software engineers to ensure their effective use and implementation.  

In this article, we will discuss four of the most common challenges we are seeing with EMRs today, and what the healthcare industry – in partnership with software engineering firms – can do to help companies overcome these challenges.

Low Standardization

One major issue with EMRs is the lack of standardization. EMRs are created by different vendors with different software and hardware capabilities. The lack of standardization makes it difficult for healthcare providers to share patient information effectively, this can lead to delayed diagnosis, unnecessary testing, and an increase in healthcare costs. To address this issue, the healthcare industry should work with medical software engineering firms to develop common standards for EMRs including a common format for medical data and standardized coding systems.

Patient Privacy & HIPPA

Another challenge with EMRs is their potential impact on patient privacy and HIPPA laws.  As medical records become more digitized, there is a risk of data breaches and unauthorized access to patient information. This risk can be mitigated when medical software engineers build systems with stronger data security protocols, including encryption, multi-factor authentication, and regular security audits.

Lack of Usability

Usability is also a significant issue with EMRs. EMR systems tend to be less intuitive and difficult to use leading to frustration among healthcare professionals and potentially affecting patient care. To address this issue, the software engineering firms must make the user interface design priority in the creation of EMRs.  Then the engineer must close the loop with proper due diligence in testing the interface with an emphasis on user-friendly experience.

Data Overload

One last challenge with EMRs is the potential for data overload. With the vast amount of data available in EMRs, healthcare providers may struggle to identify the most critical information for patient care. Therefore, EMR systems need to be designed by medical software engineering firms to include tools for data analysis and visualization, allowing the healthcare provider to quickly identify and interpret essential data.

Electronic medical record systems have revolutionized the healthcare industry, but they also come with unique challenges and issues that must be addressed. Standardization, privacy, usability, and data overload are all significant issues that must be tackled by engineers to ensure the effective use of EMRs and patient outcomes.  A software engineering firm well-versed in these challenges can overcome them with significant forethought, planning, and testing.

Interested in learning more about medical software engineering? Contact us today or call and speak with one of our experts at (440) 253-0586. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

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