Electronic medical records also help reduce the costs associated with health care. Since you do not have to physically hold all of the records, the cost of the paper is cut down to a fraction of what it would cost in a physical hospital. This means less for your pocketbook and less for the doctor's pockets. Another way that electronic records help the doctor's pocketbook is that they cost less to print.
One disadvantage to electronic medical records is that many health care professionals have not used the technology. Some people believe that this technology is more expensive than paper records. However, electronic records cost less to create and store than their counterparts of paper records. Another disadvantage to electronic medical records is that they cannot be altered. As long as you adhere to the rules and regulations that govern the distribution of electronic files, you will not be able to change the data that is contained in the file. If you do modify the data, the original file cannot be recovered.
While there is some controversy regarding electronic medical records, some doctors believe that they are beneficial. Doctors who use electronic records can see a complete history on a patient much quicker and can also see how long the patient has been taking their medications. This allows the doctor to prescribe a new medication if necessary and to make adjustments to their treatment.