January 20, 2020 - by Swati Bansal, Webmedy team
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are like a blessing for the healthcare industry as well as patients and it has shown tremendous advantages for rural healthcare facilities along with critical access hospitals. Be it the United States or India, almost one-fifth of the population, as per the statistics, lives in a rural area.
There are small rural-based clinics and hospitals or critical care services, which are providing the treatment and health-related services to patients coming from around and even reckoned as the foundation of rural healthcare delivery framework.
The locals living in these rural areas face problems while accessing such healthcare services, such as coming by covering the long distance to seek for the right care and treatment. As rural-based clinics and hospital care are the only sources for patients residing in these communities, these are more focused on offering additional services that are not accessible by patients in otherwise. To improvise care and services, rural hospitals are expected to focus on the following aspects:
In small rural hospitals, the challenges are unique and distinct faced by people, staff, and others including small size, limited workforce, shortage of doctors, limited financial resources, low patient volume, lack of connectivity and more.
Electronic health records (EHR) software usage and adoption is the key to resolving all the concerns in one go. EHRs are specifically beneficial and rewarding to rural healthcare hospitals and clinics worldwide and it has been proven that it can even nullify all the aspects that they need to take care of, as stated above. In rural areas and communities, where the clinics are good and the specialists and doctors are few and distance is much, EHRs can offer many benefits for the advantage of all. And, some of them are as mentioned below.
Certainly, there are many rural organizations and healthcare providers that are availing the great benefits and positives of using electronic health records, which are the digital copy of patient's history, record and everything related to him/her, meant to not only improvise rural health quality and care but also be advantageous for society and patients in getting quicker treatment and right care.