Medscheme, South Africa’s largest health risk management services provider, has announced its plans to roll out an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) platform that will be made available to all administrators.

An EMR is a digital version of the traditional paper-based medical patient record and provides an information portal accessible to multiple administrators where relevant clinical information can be shared with doctors.

Having access to more complete patient information can assist doctors and other healthcare professionals in making well-informed decisions, improving the quality of patient care.

According to Medscheme’s CEO, Kevin Aron, Medscheme’s EMR has been designed to streamline and improve workflow for Family Practitioners, not hamper it. “More efficient workflow processes and integrated clinical information cuts down on administration time and enables healthcare providers to make better informed decisions due to accurate and up-to-date information at their disposal,” said Aron.

According to Medscheme, the average patient struggles with medical terminology and medical professionals often have to rely on information provided by a patient who may not be able to accurately recall dates, medication or procedures when sharing their medical history. The EMR can therefore assist providers to more effectively diagnose patients, reduce medical errors and provide safer care.

Medscheme’s EMR is a customised version of the HEALTHone Connect platform. The EMR interfaces with Medscheme directly or through a practice management software and is pre-populated with patient demographics, medical history, pathology results, approved chronic medications, care plans and risk stratification.

Compliant with the standards of interoperability set by the Department of Health in April 2014, Medscheme’s EMR will also enable GPs to monitor clinical pathway adherence, motivate for modification of treatment plans and use e-scripting. However, the EMR platform does not allow administrator access to the healthcare provider’s medical notes.

Medscheme’s EMR is currently available to 75 healthcare professionals and service providers through a pilot project that was launched in April this year. An extensive rollout of the EMR is planned once the pilot phase concludes in September.

“The feedback during the pilot phase has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re looking forward to seeing how this technology becomes a game-changer for the healthcare sector. It can only further improve the quality of patient care,” concluded Aron.

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